Rookie Guard D'Ante Smith Out As Young Bengals RBs Set To Carry Load

Rookie Chris Evans figures to get more carries Friday night.
Rookie Chris Evans figures to get more carries Friday night.

Emerging rookie D'Ante Smith worked with the Bengals first offensive line in training camp at left guard earlier this week but he was ruled out of Friday's game in Washington after a bout of dehydration.

On paper that meant head coach Zac Taylor's starting offensive line at FedExField is the same one he put out there in Saturday's 19-14 win at Tampa Bay in the preseason opener.

In what could be the most extended work his starters get this preseason in a series of plays that Taylor says won't extend beyond the first quarter, left guard Quinton Spain and right guard Michael Jordan are scheduled to switch the spots they manned back on Nov. 22. That game was when Washington's defensive line of four first-round picks registered four sacks and 12 hits on Bengals quarterbacks.

Two players vying for rosters spots have also been ruled out. Running back Trayveon Williams (hamstring) missed his second straight game and tight end Mitchell Wilcox apparently got an unknown in injury Saturday night. That meant first-year running back Jacques Patrick and rookie Chris Evans were going to own the last three quarters again.

Taylor ruled out everybody earlier this week in cornerbacks Antonio Phillips, Donnie Lewis Jr. and Eli Apple, safety Ricardo Allen and edge rushers Joseph Ossai and Khalid Kareem. Quarterback Joe Burrow and center Trey Hopkins both got rehab ACL days as they prep for the Sept. 12 opener against Minnesota at Paul Brown Stadium.