The NFL regular season kicks off tonight, but for 30 other teams, there’s still practice to be had leading up to Week 1.
For the Cincinnati Bengals, their 53-man roster remains almost entirely healthy, with the exception of cornerback Trae Waynes (hamstring). Waynes missed Thursday’s practice and has already been declared out for Sunday’s opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
Reserves Trey Hill (hip) and Mitchell Wilcox (concussion) both had full practices again on Thursday, and both should expect to be active for the game. Hill is the team’s only backup offensive lineman with snapping experience, so he’ll be needed in case of an injury to center Trey Hopkins.
The Vikings saw tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring) practice in full after being limited on Wednesday, but had to rest linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) due to soreness. Barr was limited on Wednesday and depending on what he does Friday, he could be out for Sunday.
Christian Darrisaw (groin) remained limited and the rookie left tackle isn’t expected to play. Safety Josh Metellus (ankle), running back Alexander Mattison (ribs), and wide receiver Dede Westbrook (knee) were all full participants.