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Bengals vs Raven: John Ross highlights Week 1 inactive list

Week 1 is here, but these players will be sitting out for the Bengals’ opener against the Ravens.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have announced their inactives list for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens and it includes the Bengals’ three injury players, plus a few other names.

For Cincinnati, the following players are out:

  • Safety Shawn Williams
  • Tight end C.J. Uzomah
  • Wide receiver John Ross
  • Wide receiver Josh Malone
  • Offensive lineman Christian Westerman
  • Offensive lineman Alex Redmond
  • Defensive tackle Christian Ringo

The Bengals were hoping to get John Ross prepared enough to be active, depending on how well he did through pregame warmups. However, they opted to play it safe and keep Ross out today.

As for the other injured Bengals, starting safety Shawn Williams and backup tight end C.J. Uzomah are out after missing all three practices last week. Both of them will likely miss the first two games, as the Bengals will be unlikely to rush them back on a short week when the Houston Texans come to Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday Night Football.

The only notable lineup changes for Cincinnati is Clayton Fejedelem expected to start at safety next to George Iloka. As expected, Darqueze Dennard will start as the boundary corner opposite of Dre Kirkpatrick. Dennard is replacing the suspended Adam Jones for this week. Expect to see William Jackson III playing, too.

For the Ravens, the following players are inactive:

  • Defensive lineman Chris Wormley
  • Cornerback Sheldon Price
  • Cornerback Jaylen Hill
  • Offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor
  • Defensive tackle Willie Henry
  • Linebacker Tim Williams
  • Linebacker Bronson Kaufusi

Everyone expected to play is in, but the Ravens are without backup cornerbacks Jaylen Hill (thigh) and Sheldon Price (concussion). That means the Ravens have just three true corners for Sunday, though backup safeties Anthony Levine and Lardarius Webb can play corner, too.

Even so, this is bad news for Baltimore’s secondary.