LaFell (hand) participated in practice on Sunday, Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer reports.
LaFell is dealing with ligament damage in his right hand, but expects to play through the injury for the time being. Coach Marvin Lewis indicated earlier in the week that it wouldn't cost LaFell any regular season action, so it appears he's not at risk of missing significant time. He was back at practice Sunday and barring any setbacks, he should continue to start opposite A.J. Green.
Billings had surgery to repair a torn mensicus Monday and has been ruled out indefinitely, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Billings was carted out of practice after injuring his knee last Wednesday, and is now in danger of losing his rookie season due to injury. After surprisingly sliding to the fourth round of the draft, Billings seemed a solid investment for the Bengals' defensive front, which is also without Brandon Thompson right now while he recovers from last season's torn ACL.
Kroft (knee) participated in some rehab exercises during Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Kroft originally pegged Week 1 as a target for his return, but given the nature of knee sprains, it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't ready by then. As a rookie last season, Kroft helped fill the void during Tyler Eifert's absence. It remains to be seen what role, if any, Kroft will have in Cincinnati's offense once he's back to 100 percent on the gridiron.
In a media luncheon on Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed, "I am not going to play Vontaze Burfict in the preseason," Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.
Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the regular season but is still eligible to play in the preseason by league rules. However, Lewis would rather play it safe and keep his star linebacker on the sidelines, keeping him safe from injuries and any on-the-field issue that could extend his suspension. Lewis said, "There's no reason for us to risk him getting hurt. It's hard because he's so competitive we have to continue to hold him back. One day he gets it the next day he wants to fight me on it. That's it. There's no reason to expose him to injury because he's too valuable." With Burfict out of the rotation, more reps will be allocated to young Bengals' linebackers.
Wentz (ribs) will not play in Saturday's matchup with the Colts.
Wentz suffered a hairline rib fracture in the preseason opener and hasn't taken the field since. His final chance to return will be on Sept. 1 in the final preseason game against the Jets. With Wentz out, Sam Bradford has cemented his role as the Eagles' starting quarterback this preseason and should see a majority of the reps on Saturday night.
Matthews, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee back on Aug. 5, plans to be ready to play in advance of Week 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I promise you I'll be ready for the first game," Matthews declared Tuesday. "I don't like to put percentages on anything, but at the same time, I'm definitely feeling good. I'm doing a lot better. I'm running around, moving, lifting, jumping. I'm back doing pretty much all of that stuff."
Matthews, who is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he caught 85 passes for 997 yards and eight touchdowns, doesn't seem likely to see any preseason action, but the goal here is exercise a degree of patience and caution, with having the wideout available for the Eagles' Sept. 11 contest against the Browns. Upon his return to action, Matthews is set to serve as the team's top wideout, with Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rueben Randle, Josh Huff, Chris Givens and Paul Turner all still jostling for slotting on Philadelphia's wideout depth chart.
Smallwood (quadriceps) is slated to take the field for Saturday's preseason game at Indianapolis, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Smallwood missed back-to-back contests to kick off exhibition season, but increasing his workload little by little for two weeks will seemingly yield an appearance Saturday. A cautious approach is expected, though, as the running back's quad continues to heal. All but guaranteed a roster spot due to his status as a 2016 fifth-round selection, he could be relegated to weekly inactives in-season with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Kenjon Barner all positioned ahead of Smallwood on the depth chart.