With one game left in his third NFL season, versatile backup offensive lineman Trey Hopkins made it to the Bengals roster again for Sunday’s regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium.
He was on the roster for this year's regular-season opener, when he was inactive, and he still may not be active against the Ravens. But it gives them eight offensive linemen in the wake of left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) and left guard Clint Boling (shoulder) going on the injured reserve list this week.
The Bengals placed wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) on injured reserve Saturday and promoted Hopkins from the practice squad. They still have to decide if they’ll dress seven or eight linemen, but Hopkins’ ability to play tackle, guard, and center gives them some flexibility when they make the choice.
Hopkins, a college free agent from Texas who impressed in his rookie training camp of 2014 at a variety of spots, has spent his last two seasons on the practice squad. After he broke his leg in the third pre-season game in 2014, he spent the rest of his rookie year on injured reserve. After he opened this season on the roster for that first game, he was waived and went back to the practice squad.