Here is a look at the Bengals inactives for the first game of the 2018 season:
- WR Cody Core
- OL Cedric Ogbuehi
- WR Auden Tate
- DT Josh Tupou
- LB Malik Jefferson
- OL Christian Westerman
- RB Mark Walton
It’s a bit surprising to see Cedric Ogbuehi is inactive, but then again, he’s easily one of the 4-5 worst players on this roster. The Bengals are better off seeing what Bobby Hart can do at right tackle.
The only injured player was Cody Core, who was doubtful to play due to a back injury. He did return to practice last week, but with the Bengals having a quick turnaround before facing Baltimore on Thursday, Core is probably going to be inactive for at least the first two games of 2018.
Auden Tate was the most interesting name to watch for. The rookie receiver has a lot of talent and is a nice red-zone target, but because he doesn’t offer much on special teams, he’s going to be inactive a lot as a rookie, including today.
You’ll notice Vontaze Burfict isn’t on here. He’s currently serving a four-game suspension and doesn’t count toward the 53-man roster, thus he doesn’t count as one of he seven inactives the Bengals must declare.
Here is a look at the Colts inactives:
- OT Anthony Castonzo
- RB Marlon Mack
- OT Denzelle Good
- WR Marcus Johnson
- TE Ryan Hewitt
- DT Hassan Ridgeway
- OT Le’Raven Clark
The big name for the Colts was Anthony Castonzo. He’s still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason and was highly questionable for Week 1 after being limited throughout the practice week. This is a major loss for the Colts’ offensive line.
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.
Another player who was listed as questionable was running back Marlon Mack. He’s easily the best back on this roster, not to mention the kind of dual-threat back that Cincinnati struggles to defend.