Patriots still dealing with injuries at wide receiver and corner as Bengals prep begins
December 20th, 2022
With it being a short week, neither the Patriots nor the Bengals held a full practice on Tuesday, leading up to their Saturday matchup. The Bengals held a walk-through, while the Patriots did not practice. With being five days out from the game though, both teams released estimated injury reports.
For the Patriots, both wide receiver DeVante Parker (concussion) and cornerback Jalen Mills (groin) were estimated to have missed practice, had the team held a session on Tuesday. Parker suffered a concussion two weeks ago against the Cardinals, and hasn’t practiced since. Mills has missed the last three games, after getting hurt against the Vikings. He practiced in a limited capacity twice last week, but was a non-participant to end the week on Friday.
Six Patriots are listed as limited on Tuesday’s report. That includes cornerback Jack Jones (knee), who only practiced on Friday last week after also getting hurt against the Cardinals, then was ruled out for the game. With Jones and Mills out, the Patriots were severely limited on the boundary, especially in terms of size. Getting one or both players back would be key against a big Bengals receiver group.
Running back Damien Harris (thigh) was also limited. Harris hasn’t played since Thanksgiving, and was inactive last week.
The other four limited players all played last week – running back Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (shoulder), tackle Yodny Cajuste (calf/back), and long snapper Joe Cardona. Of those four, only Cajuste appeared to be limited. He played just one offensive snap in the game.
As for the Bengals, they had three players listed as non-participants but only one – defensive end Sam Hubbard (calf) – due to injury. Hubbard suffered the injury in the Bengals’ win over the Buccaneers on Sunday and isn’t expected to play this week. Wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (wrist), and cornerback Mike Hilton (knee) stand out among the seven players who were limited.
Both teams are expected to return to the practice fields in full on Wednesday. The ensuing injury reports will give a better clue as to the current injury situations for both teams.
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