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Bengals vs. Jaguars injury report: Jessie Bates, Tee Higgins remain sidelined

Expect a few key Bengals to miss Thursday night’s game.

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In the midst of a shortened week, the Cincinnati Bengals practiced for the first time today since defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The secondary is the spotlight this week as a couple starters may not be healthy enough to play Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jessie Bates III (neck) and Chidobe Awuzie (groin) were listed as non-participants Tuesday. It should be noted that while Bates was not dressed for practice, Awuzie was. Perhaps Awuzie could get some work in Wednesday.

Trae Waynes (hamstring) did end up practicing and looks to be on track to play for the first time in his Bengals career. Waynes was close to playing last week but the team held him out of the game. With a full practice Wednesday, you can lock in Waynes making his Bengals debut.

On offense, Tee Higgins (shoulder) and Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee) did not practice. Both players missed Sunday’s game and could very well miss Thursday due to the short turnaround. Neither injury appears serious, though.

Riley Reiff (ankle) was limited, so there’s at least a chance he can suit up Thursday. Reiff missed a couple of snaps Sunday, but ended up finishing the game.

Darius Phillis (hand) and Markus Bailey (hamstring) practiced in full. The team listed them as limited for Monday’s simulated practice.

Despite the Jaguars’ 0-3 start, they have a relatively healthy roster. They only had three players miss any amount of practice Tuesday. DL Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) and LG Andrew Norwell (ankle) were both limited, while K Josh Lambo did not practice for personal reasons.

Bengals vs. Jaguars injury report