For the Bengals, there aren’t any surprises as Joe Mixon and Billy Price have been ruled out, while Preston Brown and Michael Johnson are questionable to play. Brown is still working his way back from his Week 1 ankle injury, which led to him being inactive in Week 2 after getting the questionable designation then as well. I would venture to guess he plays Sunday, but it’s far from a given.
As for Johnson, he suffered a knee injury in Week 2 that was expected to sideline him for multiple weeks. He was limited in practice throughout this week, however, so there’s a real chance he plays Sunday. I still think he’s inactive and Sam Hubbard starts in his place.
As for the Panthers, they’ll be without starting guard Trai Turner due to a concussion. It’s a big loss for an offensive line that’s arguably one of the worst in football right now due to an onslaught of injuries it’s sustained.
Also out for the Panthers are strong safety Da’Norris Searcy (concussion), tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (medical issue). Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson (groin) and wide receiver Damiere Byrd (knee) are listed as questionable.
Jackson is a starter, so not having him against A.J. Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd would be good news for the Bengals, who probably are going to have to win this game through the air if they’re to win in Carolina.