Bengals' RT La'el Collins misses practice due to back injury

Kelsey Conway
Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Bengals starting right tackle La'el Collins was not present at practice during the media viewing period. The team later announced the official injury report of the week that Collins was not a participant in practice due to a back injury.

Collins' absence on Wednesday is significant for several reasons. He missed most of training camp with a back injury (it's undisclosed if it's the same injury) and he needs more reps with the rest of Cincinnati's offensive line. He's also coming off a bad performance against the Cowboys where he was credited for giving up two hurries, two quarterback hits and one sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Will La'el Collins be available for Bengals vs. Jets?

When Collins arrived in Cincinnati, he said his main goal was to prove he could play a full season - something he has not done since the 2018 season. Whether or not he's a participant in practice on Thursday and Friday will be telling as to if he'll be available on Sunday when the Bengals face the Jets.

If Collins can't play, Hakeem Adeniji will start in place as he's listed as Collins' backup on the team's official depth chart.