Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to make his debut after a three week absence with a bruised knee. He won't play much, but he should get in a series or two at the very least. Same goes for Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, both of whom began practicing this week after dealing with a back and concussion respectively.
Dunlap may start at left defensive end for Robert Geathers, who was out during practice this week. Despite the team's depth chart, Geathers is typically the team's starting defensive end while Dunlap eases in throughout the first half. Ideally it allows Dunlap's legs to stay fresh for the fourth quarter, when he's statistically more effective.
Marvin Jones or Mohamed Sanu could start opposite of A.J. Green, if the team goes with two-tight formation. Three-wide and both could be starters with Sanu in the slot. However, who starts is a technicality dependent on the team's first play from scrimmage.
George Iloka is questionable at best with a broken bone in his hand. If he's unable to go, then the starting gig will go to either Taylor Mays or rookie Shawn Williams. Mays started last week against the Titans, but the team has been pretty consistent about rotating playing time among all three when the position battle was much closer earlier during training camp.
Andrew Whitworth is easing back, but Marvin Lewis is evasive when asked if Whitworth will play. If not, Anthony Collins will resume his role at left tackle. Defensive end Robert Geathers, cornerback Brandon Ghee, linebacker Sean Porter, and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins are likely out, along with PUP players like fullback Chris Pressley, quarterback Zac Robinson, and running back Bernard Scott. Iloka and Tanner Hawkinson are doubtful at best, along with Brandon Joiner who was carted off during practice this week.
|POS||First Team||Second Team|
|QB||Andy Dalton||Josh Johnson|
|RB||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Giovani Bernard|
|FB/TE||Tyler Eifert||John Conner|
|TE||Jermaine Gresham||Tyler Eifert|
|WR||A.J. Green||Marvin Jones|
|WR||Mohamed Sanu||Brandon Tate|
|LG||Clint Boling||Mike Pollak|
|RT||Andre Smith||Dennis Roland|
|RDE||Michael Johnson||Wallace Gilberry|
|DT||Geno Atkins||Devon Still|
|NT||Domata Peko||Brandon Thompson|
|LDE||Carlos Dunlap||Dontay Moch|
|SAM||James Harrison||Emmanuel Lamur|
|MIKE||Rey Maualuga||Vinnie Rey / Schaffer|
|WILL||Vontaze Burfict||Jayson DiManche|
|CB||Leon Hall||Adam Jones|
|CB||Terence Newman||Dre Kirkpatrick|