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Bengals’ George Iloka overcoming setback. Should be ready Week 1

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Jan 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; General view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest question mark with the Cincinnati Bengals right now is who will open as the starting strong safety, and it appeared as though George Iloka was poised to do so  after a solid training camp and a decent showing in the teams’ preseason opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a game in which he drew the start.

But Iloka missed last Saturday’s game vs. the Tennessee Titans  with a wrist injury, and Taylor Mays got the start in his place, while rookie third-rounder Shawn Williams came off the bench to lead the team in tackles (10), and looked like the future starting SS.

The costly injury occurred during last week’s practices, when Iloka let his emotions get ahead of him as he threw a punch at linebacker Jordan Campbell during a special teams drill. He unfortunately connected his wrist with Campbell’s helmet, and broke the fifth metatarsal of his hand in the process.