The Bengals' revamped offensive line got even more revamped before Sunday's Paul Brown Stadium game against the Titans when left guard Michael Jordan (illness) became the fourth starter to be sidelined since the second quarter of last week's game. It is not Covid related.
That means second-year man Shaq Calhoun makes his first Bengals start in his place and the eighth of his career while rookie Hakeem Adeniji and sophomore Fred Johnson make their first NFL starts at left and right tackle, respectively, and Billy Price makes his first start at center since the finale of his 2018 rookie season.
Next guard up is Quinton Spain, just signed to the practice squad Friday and elevated with Calhoun Saturday. Not eligible because of Covid testing protocols is guard-center B.J. Finney after he arrived Wednesday in the Carlos Dunlap deal with Seattle.
Also inactive is wide receiver John Ross III for the fifth time in six games, as well as running back Joe Mixon (foot). Inactive kicker Austin Seibert joins the injured offensive linemen: tackles Jonah Williams (stinger) and Bobby Hart (knee), as well as center Trey Hopkins (concussion) and now Jordan.
Mixon misses his second straight start and it's a tough one in Sunday's assignment against defending NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry on a day weather reports had been updated for 15 to 25 mile-per-hour winds out of the west to northwest , along with several gusts of 35 to 40 on a 53-degree day. The temperature is supposed to dip toward the low 40s during the game.
Gameday photos as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Tennessee Titans in Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.