Every week, roughly 90 minutes prior to kickoff, the Bengals submit their 46-man game-day roster and the seven players that they're forced deactivate for the game. Usually the list is comprised of injured players, but often is the case of players deep at a position's depth chart where they're not really important from a philosophical and strategic level.
Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth will be joined by offensive guard Mike Pollak and cornerback Brandon Ghee as players sitting out against the Chicago Bears with an injury. Four players joined them on the team's inactive list.
OUT AGAINST THE BEARS: OT Andrew Whitworth, OG Mike Pollak, CB Brandon Ghee, DE Margus Hunt, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, WR Ryan Whalen, RB Rex Burkhead
This means that the team will go heavy with all four tight ends, from starter Jermaine Gresham and backup Tyler Eifert, to Alex Smith and the team's H-Back in Orson Charles. This affects the team's wide receiver position with only four active players, starting with A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Brandon Tate, who will also work as the team's primary kickoff returner and rotate with Adam Jones on punt returns.
Margus Hunt was listed as inactive, largely because the team's depth at defensive end is so deep and there's just not enough room to keep him on the active roster.
The Bears announced their inactive list:
WR Marquess Wilson, CB C.J. Wilson, RB Michael Ford, OT James Brown, TE Dante Rosario, DE David Bass, DT Zach Minter.