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George Iloka off Concussion Protocol; Practice Bubble Thursday


Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without starting cornerback Terence Newman this week vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers after he suffered an MCL sprain Sunday. He also injured his shoulder in the third quarter, but was able to keep playing after that.

Starting safety George Iloka was also injured on the same play that Newman was, but his injury was a hit to his head that knocked him out of the game for good, and it looked initially like it might be a concussion.

It turns out that wasn’t the case and he’ll be able to play this week:

The Bengals couldn’t afford to go into Pittsburgh against Todd Haley’s pass-happy offense with two starting defensive backs out, and with Iloka likely playing Sunday, that means Chris Crocker can continue to rotate between safety and cornerback and not be forced to play exclusively.

And with cold weather likely hitting Cincinnati for the rest of the season, the team will be using the Cincinnati Bearcats’ practice bubble on occasion, including this Thursday:

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