The overall health of the Cincinnati Bengals is a storyline we need to talk about more often.
Entering Week 8, the Bengals have declared just two players out for the season, as they’ve been very lucky at avoiding major injuries in general. Their newest injury report is just another example.
While Trey Hopkins (knee) got his usual day off, Chris Evans (hamstring) was the only other player to not practice Wednesday. Evans tweaked his hammy last week and missed some practice time because of it. He was held out of the offense on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens because of it.
There’s no need to rush Evans back right now with Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine both healthy. They can always elevate Trayveon Williams off the practice squad for a game as well.
Trey Hendrickson (shoulder) was the lone limited player Wednesday. Hendrickson’s shoulder also first popped up on the injury report last week. It didn’t appear to limit him against the Ravens, though, so the team is likely monitoring it going forward.
Jackson Carman was listed as a full participant with an ankle injury.
The New York Jets have a more extensive list of injuries. The big story is Zach Wilson (knee) needing a few weeks to recover from a PCL injury. New York reunited with Joe Flacco via a trade earlier in the week due to the Wilson news, but Flacco isn’t even arriving back to his former team until Friday. Because of this, the Jets have Flacco listed on the injury report and have announced Mike White will start at quarterback instead.
As far as the players who are present with the team, RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring), DL Bryce Huff (back), TE Trevon Wesco (knee), and LB Quincy Williams (concussion) did not practice. Coleman missed Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after injuring his hamstring late last week.
Starting S Ashyton Davis (shoulder) and LB C.J. Mosley (hamstring) were limited along with DL Shaq Lawson (wrist) and former Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (back).