INDIANAPOLIS _ Head coach Marvin Lewis' two biggest surprises on his Opening Day inactive list are going with just three tackles and sitting down Cedric Ogbuehi to do it.
Ogbuehi, a first-round pick who has 25 NFL starts, had thought to be ahead of Jake Fisher in the tackle rotation. The Colts also made a pre-game move at tackle when they sat down injured left tackle Anthony Castonzo, costing Indy's fragile offensive line a key player in the matchup against the bevy of Bengals' edge rushers.
The Bengals went with five linebackers and five wide receivers at Lucas Oil Stadium when they sat rookie linebacker Malik Jefferson as well as rookie wide receiver Auden Tate and injured veteran wide receiver Cody Core.
Christian Westerman went from contending for a starting right guard spot to inactive in the opener and running back Mark Walton is one of three rookies not dressing for his first NFL game. Back-up nose tackle Josh Tupou also sat when they went with eight defensive linemen that included five ends, one of them rookie Sam Hubbard.
Lewis also chose to dress four tight ends instead of four tackles as first-year tight end Mason Schreck makes his NFL debut after leading the club in receiving during the preseason.