For Cincinnati, the following players are out:
- Wide receiver John Ross
- Wide receiver Josh Malone
- Offensive lineman Trey Hopkins
- Cornerback Keivarae Russell
- Tight end Tyler Eifert
- Safety Derron Smith
- Offensive lineman Christian Westerman
The Bengals are once again without rookie receiver John Ross, who has essentially been held out in his first three 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. The Bengals are 0-2 for a lot of reasons, but getting nothing from the ninth-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft has been a big detriment.
Tyler Boyd who was declared a healthy scratch for Week 2 despite not showing up on the injury report, is active this week. Thanks to Ross being out, Boyd is back in the lineup with a lot to prove this week.
As for starting lineup changes, Tyler Kroft gets the nod at tight end with Tyler Eifert sidelined. C.J. Uzomah is healthy and active, so expect those two third-year guys to be involved today as the Bengals are without Eifert.
T.J. Johnson starts at right guard with Trey Hopkins out. Johnson has been up and down with his play in limited starting action over the last two seasons. He’s also the backup center in the event Russell Bodine goes down with the injury.
For the Packers, the following players are inactive:
- Wide receiver Randall Cobb
- Defensive lineman Mike Daniels
- Offensive lineman David Bakhtiari
- Safety Kentrell Brice
- Linebacker Nick Perry
- Cornerback Davon House
- Linebacker Jake Ryan
Seven players were listed as doubtful prior to the inactives being announced, including starting receiver Randall Cobb and starting tackle David Bakhtiari. Green Bay’s offense is a lot thinner than they’re used to, which will make it even more difficult to have success against a tough Bengals defense.