Bengals have six starters miss practice due to injury

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) lies on the field after an apparent injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals had six starters not participate and two other key players sit out at least part of practice on Wednesday either due to previous injuries or injuries suffered in Monday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bengals (5-7) host the Chicago Bears (3-9) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium.

The six starters who did not practice on Wednesday were: linebacker Vontaze Burfict; cornerback Adam Jones; linebacker Nick Vigil; cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick; safety Shawn Williams and running back Joe Mixon.

Burfict is in concussion protocol after getting hit helmet-to-helmet by Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Jones suffered a groin injury while making a diving interception of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the first possession of the game. He left the game after that and was declared out.

Kirkpatrick is in concussion protocol despite playing 100 percent of the defensive snaps against Pittsburgh.

Mixon is also in concussion protocol after being knocked out of Monday's game in the second quarter.

Vigil and Williams both sat out Monday's game after not practicing at all last week due to injuries.

Williams is dealing with a lingering hamstring issue that also prevented him from playing in the Nov. 26 game against the Cleveland Browns, while Vigil was forced from that game due to a right ankle injury.

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard also did not participate in Wednesday's practice. He suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Pittsburgh game, but still played 89.4 percent of the defensive snaps.

Backup safety Brandon Wilson missed practice due to an ankle injury.

Linebacker Vincent Rey was a limited participant. He suffered a hamstring injury in the Nov. 19 win at Denver and didn't play against either Pittsburgh or Cleveland due to the injury.

BEARS INJURY REPORT: Here is the Bears injury/practice participation report for Wednesday:

  • Did Not Participate: S Adrian Amos (hamstring); DT Eddie Goldman (hip); LB Pernell McPhee (shoulder).
  • Limited Participant: S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle).

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