The Cincinnati Bengals won’t have Shawn Williams for their regular-season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens.
As expected, Williams was ruled out on Friday. He joins backup tight end C.J. Uzomah as the lone Bengals to be ruled out for the Week 1 matchup. Both players appear unlikely to play next Thursday as well when the Houston Texans come to Paul Brown Stadium on a short week.
There was some good news on the final injury report, however. Rookie wide receiver John Ross is listed as questionable, which means he has chance of playing on Sunday. I wouldn’t count on it though. He needs to get a full week of work in before the coaches feel good about letting him loose in a game, but this does show that he’s at least healthy going into Week 1.
My ‘guess’ is we see Ross, Williams, Uzomah, Alex Redmond, Christian Ringo, Hardy Nickerson and Cethan Carter make up the Bengals’ inactive list on Sunday.
As for the Ravens, they enter Week 1 with most of their 53-man roster able to play. That’s a far cry from their training camp disaster that saw key player after key player go down with season-ending injuries. Cornerback was one of the positions that got hit hard, and it’s easily the team’s thinnest position entering Sunday.
Backup cornerback Jaylen Hill (thigh) won’t play, and Sheldon Price (concussion) is also likely out. That means the Ravens will have just three true cornerbacks in Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey.
A.J. Green is furiously licking his chops. Though, the Ravens’ safeties are no slouches.