Bengals QB Joe Burrow is not among the inactives and will start tonight in the much-anticipated Super Bowl LVI rematch. No surprise after NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport just reported that Burrow was expected to play, despite being less than 100% healthy due to his lingering calf injury.
Here is who will be out for Cincinnati tonight.
- 16 WR Trenton Irwin
- 25 HB Chris Evans
- 38 CB DJ Ivey
- 63 C Trey Hill
- 79 OT Jackson Carman
- 81 TE Irv Smith Jr.
- 97 DT Jay Tufele
Burrow being good to go is massive for the Bengals, though it will be interesting to see how mobile he is tonight while nursing his lingering calf injury. But even a hobbled Burrow is better than anything else the Bengals have at quarterback. Let’s hope we don’t see Burrow further injure the calf and have a setback that could cost him several games.
As for the rest of the list, starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. is the only player out due to injury. Smith is battling a hamstring injury that will hopefully not linger past this week.
As for the Rams, here are their inactives.
- RB Zach Evans
- OL Kevin Dotson
- OT Warren McClendon
- DE Earnest Brown
No shock to see star wideout Puka Nacua is active after being listed as questionable with his oblique injury. He was the only Rams player with an injury designation, so they essentially have everyone on the 53-man roster healthy enough to play tonight at Paycor Stadium.