Zac Taylor: I don’t see Alex Cappa, Jonah Williams playing this week

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While it won’t quite be official until Cincinnati releases its final injury report later on Friday, the Bengals will once again be without three of their top offensive linemen this weekend.

Head coach Zac Taylor said in his Friday press conference that he doesn’t see right guard Alex Cappa (ankle) or left tackle Jonah Williams (knee) playing in the AFC Championship game. The two players missed all three days of practice this week.

Right tackle La'el Collins is already out and on injured reserve with a torn ACL suffered in December.

That means Max Scharping and Jackson Carman are likely to start at right guard and left tackle, respectively.

Taylor also wouldn’t go into whether or not Cappa and/or Williams might be available for Super Bowl LVII — if the Bengals get that far.

“Really, I just focus on this week,” Taylor said. “And then we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

Taylor added he’s sure it’s been tough for Cappa and Williams to be sidelined at this point in the season.

“They work hard, they work as hard as anybody we’ve got on the team to put themselves in great position,” Taylor said. “It’s a part of football and they understand that and they’re doing everything they can to get back on the field.”

Tight end Hayden Hurst also popped up on Thursday’s injury report, listed as limited with a calf injury. Taylor said that was a precautionary move, adding, “I thought he had a great practice today.”

Defensive back Tre Fowers was also on the injury report with a hamstring issue this week, but it looks like he should be OK entering this weekend’s game.

Cincinnati’s full injury report will be released later on Friday.

11 responses to “Zac Taylor: I don’t see Alex Cappa, Jonah Williams playing this week

  1. Cue the Chiefs fans with their “Chris Jones is going to dominate” comments.

  2. Washington played the Cowboys in the last game of the season missing three offensive linemen. Nonetheless, Sam Howell picked apart the formidable Dallas defense (his bomb to McLaurin may well have been the best throw of the year). The point is, the truly great quarterbacks can find a way to win even when playing behind leaky offensive lines. Look for Burrow to do just fine on Sunday.

  3. You can thumbs down this comment all you want but it won’t change the fact that the Chiefs are gonna win this game.

  4. Chris Jones IS going to dominate. Yes, Bengals backup OL held their ground last week, but that’s because the Bills DLine SUCKS without Von Miller and they didn’t have daquan Jones for the first time all year. So really, Bills DLine was in just as bad a state but everyone was so focused on Bengals OL for some reason. But the Chiefs have their entire starting DL and it’s far superior to the Bills DL in its state. Why does everyone conveniently forget that Ravens DL mostly had their way against Bengals and should have won the game in WC weekend? The Bengals handled the Bills, yes, but the Bills flat out SUCKED that day.

  5. You beat the heck out of Joe last year in the championship game and what happened? Yeah we’ll see Sunday.

  6. Bengals do not make excuses as they do in other cities. They will not blame an injury for a loss. But boy oh boy if Chiefs lose and the Bengals have 3 backup O lineman in there…If the Chiefs lose the Pat was injured crowd will be screaming loud also.

  7. Today’s Bengal O-Line (Injuries and all) is way Better than last year’s version. They will be fine this Sunday.

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