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Bengals Greg Little a healthy-scratch against the New Orleans Saints

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Cincinnati sat Greg Little for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints while Dane Sanzenbacher will play his eighth game of the season and his first since Baltimore Ravens.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little will not play Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Due to the uncertain nature of A.J. Green's injury and the reality that Marvin Jones was likely done for the season, Cincinnati signed Little on Oct. 14... and he's played in every game since joining the team. His participation jumped from seven snaps against the Indianapolis Colts to an average of 34.7 offensive snaps/game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.

Little was a healthy-scratch for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Our theory as to why that is... Adam Jones will primarily play defense with Terence Newman out and Leon Hall recovering from his concussion. Rather than overworking Jones, they'll activate Dane Sanzenbacher to return punts. Additionally, Sanzenbacher gives the team an additional option in the slot (Brandon Tate, Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green can play most spots at receiver).

And facing one of the league's top passing offenses, we need Jones rested as much as possible.

Through four games this season, Little's best game of the season came against the Baltimore Ravens, posting 42 yards receiving on three receptions. In the other three games combined, Little has two catches for 21 yards -- he wasn't even targeted against the Jacksonville Jaguars.