The only Bengal even getting a designation is Cody Core, who is doubtful to play with a back injury. That’s been the expectation all along after he missed the last month of action, though the fact he’s even doubtful suggests he may have progressed enough to at least be questionable when the Bengals host the Ravens next Thursday.
As for Cordy Glenn, he’s not even on the final injury report after being limited this week with a shoulder injury. That was the big injury concern for the Bengals, and it looks like he’s ready to roll in Week 1.
As for the Colts, they have a pair of key players listed as questionable in Marlon Mack and Anthony Castonzo. It sounds like there’s a real chance neither faces the Bengals:
Colts list Anthony Castonzo and Marlon Mack as questionable for Week 1. Be surprised if Mack plays, and I’d say Castonzo is still 50-50.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 7, 2018
I was 90-10 that Anthony Castonzo would play in opener Sunday. After listening to Frank Reich, I'm in the 30-70 neighborhood. Maybe less. It's clear Reich is taking the 'competitive advantage' route in being evasive.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 7, 2018
DOn't blame him.
Castonzo is the Colts’ most proven lineman and would be a major loss if he’s out. The Bengals’ defensive line already looks like one of the best in football this year, so they could wreak havoc on Sunday.
Making matters worse is backup lineman Denzelle Good has already been ruled out with a knee/wrist injury. This is shaping up to be a game the Bengals’ front seven should dominate, and they’ll need to for Cincinnati to come out of Indy with a 1-0 record.
As for Mack, the starting running back has missed the last month after action after straining his hamstring in Week 1 of the preseason. He’s probably going to sit and pave the way for rookie Jordan Wilkins to start.
Mack is the speedier back that can do damage as a pass-catcher, the kind of back the Bengals have struggled to defend, so him being out would be another big boost for the road dogs.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts Final Injury Report
Just two more days folks. Two. More. Days.