Here are the five players the Bengals will be without on Sunday:
- LB Markus Bailey
- K Austin Siebert
- OL Keaton Sutherland
- WR Auden Tate
- HB Trayveon Williams
Tate is the lone player that isn’t a healthy scratch. He missed a good amount of practice this past week with a shoulder injury.
With Tate out, John Ross III will be active for the first time since Week 2, which was the last time Tate was inactive. The last time Ross played against the Colts, he caught his first career touchdown pass.
Mackensie Alexander will also make his return to the field this week. Alexander missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, and his return to the defense likely means Darius Phillips will be back at the left cornerback position. Phillips was in Alexander’s spot at slot cornerback for the last two weeks while Alexander was out. This should also bump LeShaun Sims out of the starting lineup, as he was playing at left cornerback while Phillips was in the slot.
Since the Bengals don’t have any practice squad players playing on their active roster this week, their inactive list features just five players.
The Colts, on the other hand, will be without seven players:
- TE Mo Alie-Cox
- DE Ron’Dell Carter
- QB Jacob Eason
- OT Chaz Green
- WR Daurice Fountain
- LB Darius Leonard
- WR Dezmon Patmon
The biggest name here is Leonard, who will miss his second-straight game with a groin injury. Alie-Cox has emerged as a starter at tight end, and his absence will also be felt when the Colts have the ball.
Green is a backup at offensive tackle, but Anthony Castonzo is not. Castonzo will return to his spot at left tackle after missing last week with a rib injury.