The Bengals and Ravens will have more of their 53-man rosters able to go Thursday, but Cincinnati may have a key defender out.
As expected, linebacker Preston Brown is questionable after being limited this week with an ankle injury. If he is inactive, it would end one of the NFL’s longest active streaks of playing:
Brown's streak of playing every game of career (65) on line— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 12, 2018
I would venture to guess Brown is active Thursday, but it could be a situation similar to what we saw with Geno Atkins vs. the Bears last season. Atkins was hobbled with a toe injury that had him highly questionable to play that week. He ended up being active but didn’t get many defensive snaps.
I’m guessing we see the same with Brown and he ends up playing around 15-20 snaps Thursday, well below the normal 50-60 snaps he’ll be getting when healthy.
The only other Bengal with a designation for Thursday is Cody Core being doubtful with his back injury. He remains limited with his practice workload.
Everyone else is ready to rock Thursday vs. Baltimore.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap didn’t practice Monday and was limited on Tuesday, so seeing him not even get the questionable designation is great news.
On Baltimore’s side, they’ll be without backup running back Kenneth Dixon, who is out for several weeks due to a knee injury.
#Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon, one of many people to score a TD last week, suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him out several weeks, source said. So, he’s out Thursday and beyond.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2018
Backup cornerback Maurice Canady, backup defensive tackle Willie Henry and tight end Hayden Hurst have all been ruled out for Thursday after failing to practice this week. Backup wide receiver Janarion Grant is questionable with a hand injury.