The Bengals have very few injured players heading into Week 1 versus the Colts. This is a positive sign for Tyler Eifert and Cordy Glenn.
The Bengals published their first injury report for their practices leading into the game against Indianapolis. Every single Bengal except Cody Core took part in practice to some extent, which is a great sign for the team. It seems like most players are healthy for at least Week 1.
Cody Core’s health is now a major question mark, as he’s been out of practice for multiple weeks. His injury allowed Auden Tate to show out during the last preseason game, forcing the Bengals to keep 7 wide receivers. If his back doesn’t heal up, Core may be a candidate for the IR-return list. At the very least, don’t expect Core to play this weekend.
Of the three players in the limited practice section, Cordy Glenn is the biggest name. Glenn suffered a minor shoulder injury against Buffalo in Week 3 of the preseason, but the Bengals have been coming along slowly. The fact that he’s even practicing on Wednesday is a good sign that he’ll be good to go for Sunday. Clayton Fejedelem and Tony McRae were also listed as “limited,” but they seem like they’ll be ready for Week 1 as well.
Three players were listed as full participants in practice coming off of injury as well – none bigger than Tyler Eifert. Eifert, who missed the entire last season with a back injury, has been minimally used this season. However, as a full participant this early in the week, it seems like the Bengals have confidence in his health and his reliability. Eifert could even get heavy playing time against Indianapolis.
Vincent Rey was also listed as a full participant in practice yesterday. That’s not as useful to the Bengals as Eifert, but Rey will be a critical part of the linebacker corps while Vontaze Burfict is suspended. He should get plenty of reps against the Colts as well.