Titans at Bengals Week 8 Injury Report

The final injury report ahead of Titans-Bengals is out. Here’s where the two teams stand heading into the weekend…

Titans

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
OLB Jadeveon Clowney (Knee)DNPDNPFull
S Dane Cruikshank (Groin)DNPLimitedDNPOUT
CB Kristian Fulton (Knee)DNPDNPDNPOUT
CB Johnathan Joseph (Knee)DNPDNPFull
OT Dennis Kelly (Knee)DNPDNPFull
DT Jeffery Simmons (Not Injury Related)DNPFullFull
CB Tye Smith (Shoulder)DNPLimitedDNPQUESTIONABLE
OL Daniel Munyer (Hand)LimitedDNPDNPQUESTIONABLE
WR A.J. Brown (Knee)DNPFull

THOUGHTS

As expected, the key players who missed practice this week all returned for full participation on Friday. The Titans are dealing with only a handful of legitimate injuries.

After making his season debut last weekend, special teams ace (and interceptor of passes on 100% of defensive snaps this season) Dane Cruikshank will be out Sunday, as will rookie corner Kristian Fulton, who is expected to miss a few weeks with a knee injury.

Backup corner Tye Smith — who started last week’s game and played 23 snaps on defense — is questionable with a shoulder injury, as is backup center Daniel Munyer. Neither player will have a major impact on the game either way. Smith was frequently beat trying to cover Diontae Johnson. I’d expect we see a good bit of Johnathan Joseph, Chris Jackson and Kareem Orr on the field next to Malcolm Butler in this contest.

The hopes of Adoree Jackson returning this weekend are fading quickly into the night, as the stud corner did not practice on Friday. That’s likely not a good sign for his availability against Cincinnati.

Bengals

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
DT Geno Atkins (Not Injury Related)DNPLimitedFull
DT Mike Daniels (Not Injury Related)DNPLimitedFull
OT Bobby Hart (Knee)DNPDNPDNPOUT
C Trey Hopkins (Concussion)DNPDNPDNPOUT
RB Joe Mixon (Foot)DNPDNPDNPOUT
CB Darius Phillips (Knee)DNPDNPLimitedQUESTIONABLE
OT Jonah Williams (Stinger)DNPDNPDNPOUT
S Brandon Wilson (Knee)DNPLimitedFull
LB Marcus Bailey (Neck)LimitedFullFull
TE Cethan Carter (Shoulder)LimitedFullFull
WR A.J. Green (Not Injury Related)LimitedFullFull
CB William Jackson (Concussion)LimitedFullFull
OG Michael Jordan (Back)LimitedFullFull
WR John Ross (Illness)FullDNPDNPDOUBTFUL

THOUGHTS

It was expected all week, but on Friday Jonah Williams and Trey Hopkins joined Bobby Hart in being formally ruled out for Sunday. Running back Joe Mixon will also miss the game.

The Bengals will be without three starters on the offensive line, while the Titans will be down two or three players in the secondary. That should make for an intriguing give-and-take between the Titans’ pass rush and pass coverage.

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