Two Bengals starters declared out, three other players questionable for Texans game
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Starting right guard Trey Hopkins and starting defensive end Michael Johnson were both declared out of Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans, while three players who did not participate in Sunday's opener against the Baltimore Ravens due to injuries are listed as questionable.
The three are: rookie wide receiver John Ross, who suffered a sprained knee in the preseason finale at Indianapolis on Aug. 31; safety Shawn Williams, who suffered a dislocted elbow in the second preason game against Kansas City on Aug. 19 and tight end C.J. Uzomah, who suffered a sprained ankle in practice on Aug. 7.
All three were full participants in this week's practices, which because they were only light walk-throughs means none of the three is likely to play as they weren't able to test their injuries in a full practice. Of the three, Ross would be the most likely to play.
With Hopkins out T.J. Johnson is expected to start in his place and either rookie Jordan Willis or Chris Smith will start in Johnson's place.
Johnson started last year's regular-season finale against Baltimore and played well and appeared to play well when he replaced the injured Hopkins late in the first half of Sunday's game.
Hopkins is expected to miss significant time due to the injury.
TEXANS INJURY REPORT: The Texans declared the following seven players out of Thursday's game: starting guard Jeff Allen (ankle); tight end Stephen Anderson (concussion); running back Alfred Blue (ankle); starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing (concussion); wide receiver Bruce Ellington (concussion); wide receiver Will Fuller (shoulder) and tight end Ryan Griffin (concussion).
The Texans did not list any players doubtful or questionable.