All 4 questionable Bengals are active today vs. Bears


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All 4 questionable Bengals are active today vs. Bears

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Darqueze Dennard #21 and William Jackson III #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

All four Cincinnati Bengals players listed as questionable on the injury report are dressing today against the Chicago Bears, leaving offensive linemen Christian Westerman and defensive line Josh Topou as healthy scratches on the inactive list alongside the five injured players ruled out Friday.

The five players ruled out Friday were linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle), running back Joe Mixon (concussion), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring).

Cornerback Adam Jones (groin) also was ruled out before the team placed him on season-ending Injured Reserve on Saturday.

The four players listed as questionable who are expected to play today as the 5-9 Bengals try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive against the Bears (3-9) are defensive tackle Geno Atkins (toe), cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee), linebacker Vinny Rey (hamstring) and safety Brandon Wilson (ankle).

The expected changes to the starting lineup feature William Jackson and Dennard at cornerback for Jones and Kirkpatrick; rookie Jordan Evans as SAM linebacker for Vigil; Rey at WIL linebacker for Burfict; and Clayton Fejedelem for Williams at strong safety.

On offense, Giovani Bernard will start for Mixon.

Westerman, a fifth-round pick in 2016, has yet to appear in a game. He was inactive in all 16 games as a rookie and 13 of 14 this season. He was active Week 2 loss to Houston but did not play.

Inactive for the Bears will be starting linebacker Parnell McPhee, starting safeties Adrian Amos and Eddie Goldman, running back Taquan Mizzell, quarterback Mark Sanchez, cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson, defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, offensive lineman Cameron Lee (a former Bengal).

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