With just two weeks left until the end of the 2017 regular season, it appears the Detroit Lions are finally nearing full health. Wednesday’s injury report included just three players limited or out with injuries: T.J. Lang, Travis Swanson and Rick Wagner.
While Lang and Swanson remained absent from practice, Wagner practiced for the first time in a couple of week.
But perhaps the best news for the Lions is that starting running back Theo Riddick was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. At this point, he is expected to play, despite leaving Saturday’s game with a wrist injury and not returning.
Thing are much worse for the Bengals, who have quite the laundry list of injuries. On Wednesday, Cincinnati placed starting right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Starting left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was not present at practice due to a shoulder injury, and he could miss the rest of the season, too.
In total, 11 players were listed on their injury report, including star linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who suffered a concussion after a vicious block from JuJu Smith-Schuster a few weeks ago and has still not recovered enough to practice.
The only good news for the Bengals is that rookie running back Joe Mixon was a full participant and could be on track to clear concussion protocol and return to play after missing the past two games.
Lions injury report
DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related) - No practice
G T.J. Lang (foot) - No practice
C Travis Swanson (concussion) - No practice
T Rick Wagner (ankle) - Limited practice
RB Theo Riddick (wrist) - Full practice
Bengals injury report
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) - No practice
FB Ryan Hewitt (knee) - No practice
T Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) - No practice
LB Nick Vigil (ankle) - No practice
CB Darqueze Dennard (knee) - Limited practice
HB Brian Hill (ankle) - Limited practice
S George Iloka (shoulder) - Limited practice
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) - Limited practice
LB Vincent Rey (mouth) - Limited practice
S Shawn Williams (hamstring) - Limited practice
HB Joe Mixon (concussion) - Full practice