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Bengals at Ravens injury report: Preston Brown out; Vontaze Burfict and John Ross questionable

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The Bengals inactive list will be filled with injured players once again, but they’ll be getting back a few starters as well.

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Like it has been all season long, the Bengals linebacking corps is banged up, but they could be getting back their catalyst.

Vontaze Burfict returned to practice this week on a limited basis and is listed as questionable accordingly. Last week, Giovani Bernard got the chance to play after being a limited participant for the entire week, so it’s possible that Burfict does end up being active even after not getting a full practice in. Additionally, the Bengals placed tight end Tyler Kroft on IR on Friday and promoted linebacker Brandon Bell from the practice squad to the active roster.

Burfict’s chances are naturally good because the Bengals already have five players (plus Kroft who is on the report but now is off the roster) confirmed to miss Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Fellow linebacker Preston Brown will miss his third game of the season with a knee injury. This could be a re-aggravation of the same injury that took him out for two weeks back in September; but that’s not clear.

Joining Brown on the inactive list will be for sure be Josh Malone, Adolphus Washington and Nick Vigil. A.J. Green was originally listed as out, but the team then changed him to be listed as doubtful, so he’s technically still eligible to play. But after not practicing with the team for the past two weeks, this likely was meant to keep the Ravens on their toes.

Washington will miss his first game since he joined the Bengals in Week 4, while Malone (and probably Green) will each miss their second game in a row. Kroft and Vigil have both been out since early October.

Along with Burfict, a couple players who also missed last week’s game will be playing on Sunday. Darqueze Dennard is set to return to the field for the first time since Week 6 when he injured his sternoclavicular joint. Dennard luckily avoided surgery and will be taking his spot back with the Bengals’ nickel defense. On the offensive side of the ball, Alex Redmond will be re-taking his spot at right guard after missing a game with a hamstring injury.

Andy Dalton will almost surely be without Green once more this week, but he should continue having Joe Mixon and John Ross alongside him. Mixon popped up on Thursday’s injury report with a knee injury but had a full practice today and is good to go for Sunday. Ross had a full practice today as well after dealing with the same groin injury he’s been playing through (and missed some games from) since Week 4.

Ross is questionable along with Burfict and also Dre Kirkpatrick, who suffered a concussion in last week’s game. Kirkpatrick returned to practice on Thursday in limited fashion but was a full participant today. Hopefully all three of them can play, but Burfict not getting a full practice in probably hurts him the most.

As for the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco did not practice all week but can still play, according to head coach John Harbaugh. He has been listed as doubtful.

Harbaugh has attempted to keep his team’s quarterback situation under wraps, but in all likelihood, he’ll trot out backup quarterback and first-round pick Lamar Jackson for his first start of his career in Flacco’s stead. Jackson missed yesterday’s practice with an illness but returned fully today and is good to go for Sunday. It’s possible we also see some of Robert Griffin III, too.