For Cincinnati, the following players are out:
- Wide receiver John Ross
- Wide receiver Josh Malone
- Offensive lineman Trey Hopkins
- Linebacker Jordan Evans
- Tight end Tyler Eifert
- Safety Derron Smith
- Offensive lineman Christian Westerman
The Bengals are once again without Tyler Eifert, who is reportedly out for multiple weeks while recovering from his back injury. We shouldn’t expect him to play in Week 5 either, but thankfully, the Bengals get their bye in Week 6. Maybe that will be enough time for Eifert to get his back healed.
Cincinnati is also without rookie receiver John Ross, who has essentially been held out in his first four NFL games. He was inactive in Week 1 due to a knee injury, and while he was active in Week 2, he was benched for most of the game after fumbling his first touch, then hurt his knee again and missed Week 3.
T.J. Johnson starts at right guard with Trey Hopkins out. Hopkins returned to practice this week, but he didn’t get enough work in for the coaches to feel good about starting him.
For the Browns, the following players are inactive:
- Wide receiver Sammie Coates
- Defensive lineman Danny Shelton
- Defensive lineman Myles Garrett
- Quarterback Cody Kessler
- Offensive linemen Marcus Martin
- Offensive lineman Zach Banner
- Linebacker Jamie Collins
Five players were listed as questionable or out prior to the inactives being announced, including starting linebacker Jamie Collins and No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett.
As for starting defensive tackle Danny Shelton, he is out due to a calf injury, paving the way for what should be a dominant ground game by the Bengals today.