Bengals rule out two starters for Texans game


The Cincinnati Bengals will be without two starters for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Houston Texans.

Defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and right guard Trey Hopkins (knee) are out, while starting safety Shawn Williams (elbow) and tight end C.J. Uzomah (ankle) have been upgraded to questionable. Rookie first-round pick John Ross (knee) is questionable for the second week in a row.

›› Predictions for Bengals-Texans, and all Week 2 NFL games

Williams and Uzomah returned to practice this week after suffering injuries in training camp. Uzomah went down in practice Aug. 7, while Williams left the Aug. 19 preseason game against Kansas City.

Ross left the Aug. 31 preseason finale against Indianapolis.

Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter

The questionable designation means a player has a 50 percent likelihood of playing, but it would be surprising to see Williams, Uzomah or Ross on the field Thursday night given the minimal practice time they’ve had in a short week.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

WATCH: Tennessee unveils uniform combination for game against Massachusetts

Report: Ole Miss hires firm Turnkey Search to aid in finding football program’s next head coach

LOOK: Fan makes funny Alabama sign that creatively trolls NFL team

Florida-Kentucky: Betting odds, picks for Week 4 (09/23/2017)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 20 Florida Gators are on the road again as they prepare to face the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Ky. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on the SEC Network. The Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) are coming off a last-second 26-20 win over Tennessee while Kentucky (3-0, 1-0 SEC) is looking...
LOOK: ESPN host hilariously makes fun of Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears for wardrobe choices

Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears left themselves open to this joke. On Saturday, the SEC Network hosts were in Nashville in advance of a fascinating matchup between Vanderbilt and Alabama. As part of a quick hit on ESPN’s SportsCenter, they were at the center of a funny “gender reveal” joke from host Elle Duncan ...
More Stories