One of which is Kevin Minter already being ruled out. Despite returning to practice this week, the Bengals aren’t even giving Minter the questionable or doubtful designation for Sunday. That means Vontaze Burfict will likely start at middle linebacker again, a role he’s struggled in.
The other surprise was Brandon LaFell being listed as questionable. His hamstring and knee issues have led to him missing or being limited in several practices this season, though he has yet to receive an injury designation for gameday until now.
The Bengals have also ruled out Pat Sims and Adam Jones. Those were expected after neither player practiced this week. Andrew Billings will replace Sims at defensive tackle, while Darqueze Dennard should be the second starting boundary cornerback in place of Jones.
Speaking of corners, William Jackson is questionable after being limited in practice this week with a toe injury. If he’s out, that means Josh Shaw and Keivarae Russell will be getting a lot of snaps at corner this week.
As for the Broncos, they’ll have most of their 53-man roster able to play. Tight ends A.J. Derby and Jeff Heuerman have been ruled out, while wide receiver Cody Latimer and offensive lineman Donald Stephenson are questionable.
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