For those in the inactive list pool for the Bengals game against the Browns Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium, good luck.
Wide receiver A.J. Green (toe), who didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, declined a media request before Friday's walk-through. If he's playing, he's talking so it would seem signs are pointing to him missing his third straight game. But head coach Marvin Lewis said after the walk-through that Green is set to work in Saturday morning's mock practice game and could still play Sunday.
"No set back," said Lewis, who said earlier in the week Green would practice at some point this week. "I see better than I hear. He's on schedule. They thought he'd be able to get more work in earlier. He'll be able to work supposedly tomorrow. When everyone feels comfortable (is when he'll play)."
Lewis marked Green as questionable despite not practicing and the same thing with starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder). Left tackle Cordy Glenn (back), who has a huge assignment against Browns pass-rushing end Myles Garrett and his 16 sacks in 21 career games, is also questionable despite missing practices Wednesday and Friday.
Ruled out were starting linebacker Nick Vigil (knee) for the fifth straight game and wide receiver Josh Malone (hamstring) for the third. Everybody else looks to be a go.
That includes the three newest Bengals, all defensive linemen, all signed this week in the wake of jarring season-ending injuries to tackles Josh Tupou (chest) and Adolphus Washington (knee) and practice squadder Andrew Brown (wrist). Kasim Edebali a fifth-year end out of the league this season after getting cut by the Bears in the preseason, is the most experienced of the three with eight sacks in 61 career games with the Saints, Lions and Broncos.
Edebali may play but it is unclear if Lewis dresses both tackles behind starting tackles Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings.
"We'll see how the numbers work out," Lewis said.
Broncos practice squad undrafted rookie tackle Scott Niles, who has yet to play in a game, was signed Tuesday and here for a practice and a half. Cowboys practice squad tackle Christian Ringo was signed Thursday night and got in some work Friday. The 6-1, 298-pound Ringo, a sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2015, has played in 15 NFL games and had a stop here last season, where he was inactive for one game before the Bengals waived him.
Lewis says that with Niles hearing the same defensive language under old friend Vance Joseph in Denver and Ringo already here for a stint, he doesn't think working in either Sunday is a big deal.
"Guys can learn. Sometimes the words are the same. Sometimes it's association. The other guys will help them," he said. "The main thing is understanding the technique that we're trying to get done."