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Bengals vs. Texans inactives: Arian Foster and Vontaze Burfict out

The Bengals went heavy at defensive line with Will Clarke while only going with four wide receivers. Based on inactives, this could be a battle of the running game.

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The Bengals announced on Friday that linebacker Vontaze Burfict and defensive end Margus Hunt would be out with a knee and ankle respectively. Both headline an inactive list that's relatively healthy, but angled within a structure that's based on a projected philosophy against the Houston Texans.

For example, the team is going with only four wide receivers, sitting Greg Little and Dane Sanzenbacher, while going heavy on the defensive line.

Also, Rex Burkhead became the odd man out on Sunday when Giovani Bernard was announced

as active, as well as starting over Jeremy Hill.


LB Vontaze Burfict RB Arian Foster
DE Margus Hunt CB Kareem Jackson
RB Rex Burkhead WR DeVier Posey
WR Dane Sanzenbacher LB Max Bullough
WR Greg Little S Josh Aubrey
OL Tanner Hawkinson T Jeff Adams
CB Chris Lewis-Harris QB Tom Savage

Final Practice and Injury Report

LB Vontaze Burfict Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
DE Margus Hunt Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Terence Newman Knee DNP LP FP Probable
DE Wallace Gilberry Back DNP LP FP Probable
RB Cedric Peerman Hip LP LP FP Probable
RB Giovani Bernard Hip/Clavicle LP FP FP Probable
OG Kevin Zeitler Calf LP FP FP Probable
OT Andre Smith Ankle FP FP FP Probable
OG Mike Pollak Knee -- DNP FP Probable
OT Andrew Whitworth Vet -- DNP -- --
CB Kareem Jackson Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
RB Arian Foster Groin LP DNP DNP Questionable
LB Max Bullough Hamstring - - LP Questionable
OLB Jadeveon Clowney Knee LP LP LP Probable
ILB Brian Cushing Knee LP LP LP Probable
ILB Akeem Dent Neck LP LP LP Probable
CB Johnathan Joseph Knee LP LP LP Probable
OT Tyson Clabo Foot FP FP FP Probable
RB Jonathan Grimes Ankle FP FP FP Probable
QB Ryan Mallett Chest FP FP FP Probable
OLB Whitney Mercilus Knee FP FP FP Probable
ILB Mike Mohamed Hip FP FP FP Probable
CB Darryl Morris Ankle FP FP FP Probable
ILB Jeff Tarpinian Knee FP FP FP Probable
ILB Jesse Tuggle Shoulder FP FP FP Probable
WR Andre Johnson Vet -- -- DNP Probable

DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

Game Status
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play

(-) = Not Listed - No game status available