At the time of year where attrition begins to set in for professional football teams, the Cincinnati Bengals injuries and designations were listed on Friday for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Friday’s injury report listed wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip), defensive back Daxton Hill (shoulder), and defensive tackle Josh Tipou (calf) as out. None practiced the entire week and Chase’s status in particular comes as no surprise.
Since Chase went down with his injury, Mike Thomas and Trent Taylor have each made one start at wide receiver. Tee Higgins will man the other outside spot, while Clairton and Pitt alum Tyler Boyd will continue to work in the slot. Thomas and Taylor have a combined five catches on the season.
Running back Chris Evans (knee) has been a limited participant this week and is down as questionable right now. The same is the case for cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring).
Offensive tackle La’el Collins was a full participant in the team’s sessions after taking a rest day Wednesday. Cornerback and former Steeler Mike Hilton has been inhibited all week with a finger ailment, while offensive tackle D’Ante Smith returned to practice Friday after missing with an illness Thursday.
Wide receiver Stanley Morgan didn’t participate for the second straight day due to a personal matter. Cornerback Eli Apple was a limited participant with a calf injury.
The Steelers also have a number of injuries, but cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is the only player with an injury status for Sunday. He is out with a hamstring injury.
Joe Burrow will be without his favorite target in former LSU teammate Chase. He pulled in 10 receptions when the teams played to open the season, going for 129 yards and a score. Running back Joe Mixon and tight end Hayden Hurst were targeted nine and eight times, respectively, in that contest.
Undoubtedly, though, Chase will be the most notable of the Bengals injuries Sunday.