Iloka signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Saturday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. The 28-year-old has plenty of experience as a five-year starter with the Bengals, but Iloka started just three games with the Vikings in 2018. Archer added Iloka can play both safety positions, and the Cowboys plan to have him replace Jeff Heath as the starting strong safety while keeping Xavier Woods as the free safety.
Iloka is expected to start at strong safety Sunday against the Cardinals with Andrew Sendejo (groin) already ruled out for the contest, Andrew Kammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Iloka, who signed with the Vikings on Aug. 22, was limited exclusively to a special-teams role until Week 4. Despite his lack of in-game defensive reps this season, he boasts plenty of familiarity with coach Mike Zimmer's scheme from their time in Cincinnati together. The starting assignment could set Iloka up for a decent tackle count Sunday, as Sendejo had averaged 5.4 stops per game through the first five weeks of the season.
Iloka was suspended for one game following his hit on Antonio Brown in Monday night's loss to the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Iloka hit Brown with a helmet-to-helmet collision as the superstar wideout caught the game-tying touchdown pass in Monday night's contest. With fellow safety Shawn Williams still dealing with a hamstring injury, the Bengals could be fairly light on depth in the secondary for Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Iloka, however, does plan to appeal his suspension.
Iloka (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Iloka exited in the second half of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and was unable to return, but it looks as though the ailment won't be a lingering one. Expect Iloka to be a full go as the Bengals' starting free safety Sunday against the Browns.
Iloka (knee) has been practicing for the last two weeks, but hasn't yet officially been cleared to play Sunday against the Ravens, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Judging by his comments, however, he expects to play. "Mentally I feel good, physically I feel good given the conditions ...," Iloka said. "If this was my first or second year maybe I'd be a little more worried, but it's an opponent we've faced before. I understand what I can do in terms of to get myself ready for the game. I'll let everything else fall where it lies."
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