The Bengals will announce their 46-man game-day roster when they release the name of seven players that won't play on Sunday 90 minutes before kickoff. We already know of three:
Andrew Whitworth, OT: Downgraded from doubtful to out still recovering after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year. Speculation exists whether or not he had another procedure during the preseason, evident by the huge bandage on his knee during HBO's Hard Knocks. His streak of 67 consecutive starts will be snapped this weekend. Anthony Collins will get the start.
Mike Pollak, OG: Dealing with his own knee injury that he suffered against the Indianapolis Colts during the preseason finale. The Bengals figure to use Trevor Robinson as the team's first interior backup at center and both guard positions. Tanner Hawkinson and Dennis Roland can substitute at guard if there's a need.
Brandon Ghee, CB: Still undergoing concussion protocols and will sit against the Chicago Bears during the team's regular season opener. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will figure as the team's fourth cornerback and Jeromy Miles as the emergency fifth-string cornerback... if there's a need.
Five players were listed as probable. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Kirkpatrick, tight end Tyler Eifert, and offensive tackle Andre Smith are coming off injuries from the preseason, but practiced all week. All figure to be active on Sunday. Defensive tackle Devon Still was a limited participant on Wednesday, but fully participated Thursday and Friday.
The Chicago Bears became the first team in the history of the NFL not to have any injury issues to report after two months of training camp and four preseason games.