Week 5 is behind the Cincinnati Bengals, but the lingering impact of Sunday’s loss is still being felt in preparation for a three-week road trip beginning with the Detroit Lions.
All ears are pointed in Joe Burrow’s (throat) direction as he is essentially on a word count this week. Burrow went to the hospital Sunday evening to be evaluated for a throat contusion. While he was released and given the OK to practice, head coach Zac Taylor wants to make sure his vocal cords aren’t being stressed.
“We’re just limiting what he has to say and how he’s gotta use his voice through today,” Taylor said before Wednesday’s practice. Burrow did practice fully, but was listed on the injury report nonetheless.
Burrow will play Sunday, but the right guard blocking for him is unknown. Jackson Carman is currently waiting to get back from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and D’Ante Smith, his replacement, was limited with an apparent knee injury. Quinton Spain was also limited for personal reasons.
Mike Thomas (ankle) could not play on Sunday with his injury, so him being limited this week is a step in the right direction. Joe Mixon (ankle) continues to be limited with his ankle injury as well.
Trey Hopkins (knee) got another scheduled rest day, while Darius Phillips missed practice with an apparent illness.
A handful of starters missed practice for the Lions, tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) being the most notable. Hockenson injured his knee two weeks ago, but played on Sunday, so this might be a precautionary thing. Defensive end Trey Flowers (knee) has also been dealing with a known knee injury.
Cornerbacks Amani Oruwariye (hip) and Corey Ballentine (hamstring) suffered their injuries on Sunday, so they’re the names to watch this week.
Running backs D’Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) were limited, as was left guard Jonah Jackson (shoulder)