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Bengals vs. Ravens inactives: Preston Brown out; Malik Jefferson in

A look at who is in and out for tonight’s Bengals vs. Ravens matchup.

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The Bengals and Ravens have announced their inactive player lists for Week 2, and Preston Brown will not be suiting up due to his lingering ankle injury. That’s sad news for the Cincinnati native in what should have been his first game at Paul Brown Stadium as a member of the team.

Here is a look at the Bengals inactives for Thursday Night Football:

  • WR Cody Core
  • OL Cedric Ogbuehi
  • WR Auden Tate
  • DT Josh Tupou
  • LB Preston Brown
  • OL Christian Westerman
  • RB Mark Walton

The big question mark tonight was Brown, who was questionable with his ankle injury. He was limited in practice this week, so the expectation was he would play tonight, but he ended up being inactive.

With Brown out, rookie third-round pick Malik Jefferson is active after being a healthy scratch last week.

However, it’s Hardy Nickerson who will be starting in Brown’s middle linebacker spot. Expect to see Vincent Rey play a good amount of snaps too.

Other than that, the rest of the inactives were expected, including Cody Core, who was doubtful to play with a back injury. Look for him to be healthy enough to play in Week 3 now that he’ll have some extra time off before the Bengals’ next game

On the other side, here are a look at the inactive players for the Ravens:

  • DT Willie Henry
  • TE Hayden Hurst
  • QB Robert Griffin III
  • WR Jordan Lasley
  • OL Jermaine Eluemunor
  • DT Zach Sieler
  • CB Maurice Canady

We pretty much knew all of the Ravens’ inactives for this game, as three players had already been ruled out due to injury, including first-round pick Hayden Hurst. The Bengals struggle with tight ends, so Hurst could have been a real problem had he been active, especially with Brown out tonight. He’s expected to miss a few more weeks, too.