Bengals at Cowboys: Projected Lineup

John Grieshop

Taking a quick look at the Bengals injury list and projected lineup between the Bengals and Cowboys Saturday afternoon.

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.

Projected Lineup:

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
LT Whitworth/Collins Collins/Weaver
LG Clint Boling Mike Pollak
C Kyle Cook Robinson/Johnson
RG Kevin Zeitler Robinson
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
S Reggie Nelson Miles/Williams
S Mays/Williams Williams/Mays

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