The Cincinnati Bengals have a pretty good idea who start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
A.J. Green and Marvin Jones are not expected to play (I would say definitively that they're out, but Marvin Lewis gives them a 50/50 chance... hey, it's on the team's status report!). Kevin Zeitler needs a little more time. Expectations have Mike Pollak starting at right guard with Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate starting at wide receiver. If Cincinnati comes out in a three-receiver set, add Dane Sanzenbacher.
In the meantime, Carolina isn't sure who will start at running back.
DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has already been declared out this weekend and Jonathan Stewart (knee), was limited on Thursday and Friday. Stewart, listed as questionable, is a game-time decision. Per ESPN:
If Stewart can play, Rivera said "he’s our runner’’ against a Cincinnati defense ranked 27th in the league against the run. If Stewart can’t play, Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya
Stewart has only played one game against the Bengals in his career -- Sept. 26, 2010. He rushed for 13 yards on eight carries, but scored a third-quarter touchdown to reduce Cincinnati's 10-0 lead. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 64 yards on ten carries. The Bengals eventually won 20-7.