The Bengals secondary lost both of their coaches, Vance Joseph and Mark Carrier, to other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Nelson, who left the Bengals' playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury, thrived in 2015 under the two coaches, racking up eight interceptions and 77 tackles.
Nelson has been ruled out of Saturday's Wild Card game against the Steelers due to an ankle injury, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Nelson is the backbone of a staunch secondary, but the free safety won't log another snaps in this game. Joined on the sideline by Dre Kirkpatrick (quad), who is questionable to return, Nelson has yielded his spot in the lineup to Shawn Williams.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) is active for Sunday's regular-season finale agains the Steelers after being listed as probable on the final injury report for Week 17. The Bengals will also have five other probable players active for the game, including guard Clint Boling (illness), kicker Mike Nugent (illness), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (hamstring), linebacker Chris Carter (knee) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (shin). Four of the team's six questionable players are also active in Week 17, including cornerbacks Adam Jones (illness) and Chris Lewis-Harris (illness), safety Reggie Nelson (illness) and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring). Cincinnati is a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh in Week 17.
The Bengals have listed 12 players on its final injury report for Week 17 at Pittsburgh -- six were ruled questionable, while the other six were labeled probable. Cornerback Adam Jones (illness), linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris (illness), safety Reggie Nelson (illness), cornerback Terence Newman (illness) and wide receiver James Wright (knee) were deemed questionable. Meanwhile, the following players were designated as probable: Guard Clint Boling (illness), cornerback Chris Carter (knee), cornerback Darqueze Dennard (shin), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (hamstring), wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) and kicker Mike Nugent (illness).
The Bengals defense dominated the Titans Sunday, racking up two sacks and two interceptions in the team's 33-7 Week 3 win. Cincinnati was pitching a shutout before the Titans managed a fourth-quarter score after falling behind 33-0. The Bengals defense also notched a safety after the Titans were called for a penalty in their own end zone. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap had six tackles and one of the team's sacks, giving him three straight games with a sack to open the season. Rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard recorded the other sack. Defensive end Robert Geathers and safety Reggie Nelson both notched their first interceptions of the season in the win. The Bengals should face a much tougher test after a Week 4 bye when they travel to New England.