Atkins (shoulder) was on the field for Monday's practice but without his helmet, instead working on the side, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. A practice like this following a Thursday game typically has less intensity anyhow, so Atkins' lack of full participation isn't necessarily dispositive of his chances of playing Sunday against the Eagles.
Coach Zac Taylor said there's a chance Atkins (shoulder) could make his season debut at Philadelphia in Week 3, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. The Bengals were without both Atkins and Mike Daniels (groin) during Thursday's loss to the Browns in which Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for an average of 6.6 yards on 32 carries. If Atkins is indeed able to suit up Week 3 after having started the season with back-to-back absences, his presence will provide a notable boost to Cincinnati's run defense.
Atkins (shoulder) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Browns, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. With Atkins and fellow defensive tackle Mike Daniels (groin) both out, the Bengals will need Christian Covington and Andrew Brown to handle interior snaps alongside big-money offseason signing D.J. Reader. The two absences will result in a matchup upgrade for Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and the rest of the Cleveland offense, though offensive line injuries could essentially limit the skill players' overall effectiveness. Left tackle Jedrick Wills (shin) and right tackle Jack Conklin (finger) both missed practice time for the Browns this week and enter Thursday's game at less than 100 percent health.
Atkins (shoulder) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Atkins didn't play in Week 1, missing his first game since the 2013 season, and he could be trending in the same direction with the quick turnaround ahead of Thursday's matchup versus the Browns. The Bengals were mediocre against the run without Atkins, allowing 148 yards on 33 carries (4.5 YPC) to the Chargers' running backs, and Atkins would bolster that unit in Week 2 against the touted tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. If he's unable to practice Tuesday, however, he'll likely sit out again Thursday.
The Bengals have ruled Atkins (shoulder) out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Atkins is dealing with a shoulder injury of unclear origin, but the severity of the issue is enough to break his streak of 96 games played. The veteran defensive tackle will work to earn medical clearance in time to suit up Week 2 against the Browns.
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