The Cincinnati Bengals are taking a calculated risk today vs the Chicago bears, as they will only play four receivers today:
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis sat Ryan Whalen and Dane Sanzenbacher while keeping up three tight ends. as well as H-Back Orson Charles, another guy that can play tight end. The Bengals take a bit of a hit on special teams with the loss of Whalen at a spot where they have usually kept five active receivers.
Expect to see a lot of two-tight end formations, focusing on the short-intermediate passing game with Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, as well as Orson Charles from his H-back spot.
With Andrew Hawkins also on the I.R., that means the Bengals will be with only A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones and Brandon Tate at receiver.
Also inactive due to injury are left tackle Andrew Whitworth, cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion) and guard Mike Pollak (knee).
Running back Rex Burkhead and defensive end Margus Hunt were healthy scratches.