The Cincinnati Bengals will be on a short week as the non-starters prepare for their final shot at the 53-man roster against the Indianapolis Colts on September 1st.
After a late preseason loss to the Jaguars, where Bengals starters dominated before turning the game over to their second and third string, those players will look to earn their roster or even practice team spots. The Bengals will cut their roster from 90 players to 75 players by the 4pm deadline on Tuesday and their 53 man roster cuts will come before the September 3rd 4pm deadline.
The Bengals, who only saw one major injury to their depth on Sunday night, will return home to match up against the Indianapolis Colts. It will be a final preseason game, where most of the starters are expected to rest and heal before their September 11th season opener in New York against the Jets.
Although most hope it is the end of certain Bengals player’s careers in stripes, like Brandon Tate, Margus Hunt, and others. It will be a final test for those looking to knock these players of their roster pedestal. Players like Alex Erickson, Jake Kumerow, and Will Clarke may surprise many.
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The Indianapolis Colts are coming off their worst season since Peyton Manning’s neck surgery season in 2011. They will need both depth and starting-line health, if they expect to compete against an improved Houston Texans team. Cincinnati will just be looking to stay healthy, as this preseason and training camp has been riddled with injuries.
The Bengals lost Cedric Peerman for at least half the season on Sunday, with a broken forearm. They will also continue to get Jake Fisher, Tyler Kroft, and Cedric Ogbuehi ready for a Week 1 return, off of their injuries. Injuries that have proven to be costly as Eric Winston continues to struggle on the outside.
The starters will most likely see the least amount of action in Week 4, but the fight for roster spots is just heating up. If Cincinnati and the Colts can both exit as healthy as they enter, this game will be a success. Especially since both teams have suffered some early injuries and know what seasons marred by those injuries can mean.