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Bengals vs. Dolphins inactives: Tua Tagovailoa to start

The Dolphins’ rookie quarterback will play against a depleted Bengals’ secondary.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins have released their inactive players list as today’s game is but an hour away from kicking off.

Here are the players the Bengals will be without today:

  • OL B.J. Finney
  • OL Fred Johnson
  • OL Alex Redmond
  • K Austin Siebert
  • OL Keaton Sutherland

Redmond is the only player dealing with an injury and was declared out on Friday. He suffered a concussion during Cincinnati’s Week 12 game against the New York Giants and did not practice all week because of it. Finney was limited on Thursday and Friday due to a back injury and was listed as questionable, but he’s been inactive for most weeks since he arrived in Cincinnati after Week 7.

Xavier Su’a-Filo is active for the first time since Week 1 when he injured his ankle against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he isn’t expected to start. Michael Jordan and Quinton Spain are the two guards projected to start.

Darius Phillips was supposed to be active for this game and start at left cornerback, but he was not activated off of the Reserve/Injured list. Phillips missed Friday’s practice with an illness and was questionable along with Christian Covington, Clark Harris, Mike Thomas, Xavier Williams, and Brandon Wilson, all of whom will play.

Without Phillips and Tony Brown, who was placed on I.R. on Saturday, the Bengals will have just three cornerbacks.

Here are the inactives for the Dolphins:

  • RB Salvon Ahmed
  • DL Benito Jones
  • OL Adam Pankey
  • RB/WR Malcom Perry
  • RB DeAndre Washington

The notable player who isn’t on this list? QB Tua Tagovailoa. The fifth-overall pick from this year’s NFL Draft was limited in practice all week due to his left thumb injury and there were doubts about him returning to the field this week. Reports surfaced over the weekend that the rookie was going to play, and now it is confirmed.

With Ahmed and Washington inactive, this gives RB Myles Gaskin an opportunity to carry the load in his first game back from the Reserve/Injured list.

OL Solomon Kindley was questionable for this game, but he will start at RG for Tagovailoa.