Sunday Inactives: Bengals Down To 2 TEs; Gio To Get Start; A Rose Debut; Hunt Returns

Giovani Bernard was expected to start Sunday.
Giovani Bernard was expected to start Sunday.

The Bengals went into Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Browns with just two tight ends when Cethan Carter surfaced with a shoulder injury.

Carter, a staple of the Bengals' 12th-ranked special teams (by Football Outsiders) went to the inactive list to join running back Joe Mixon and wide receiver John Ross III.

Mixon (foot) had been ruled out on Friday after not practicing all week and Ross missed Friday's practice with an illness after playing one snap last week in Indianapolis.

Running back Giovani Bernard drew his 21st career start in place of Mixon and when the Bengals go with double tight ends, Mason Schreck, in his fifth game this season and 13th of his career, joins Drew Sample. Carter, who has a career-long 24-yard catch among his two catches this season, is a solid blocker as the run game gets another tweak.

Bernard is backed up by Samaje Perine, a veteran with 14 of his 184 carries coming in the last three seasons, and Trayveon Williams, the 2018 SEC rushing champion and 2019 sixth-rounder looking for his first pro touch in his 2020 debut.

Since Ross played 28 snaps in Cleveland last month, he's been inactive four times and twice after he had an illness. Browns former kicker Austin Seibert was inactive against his old team as he has been for the five games he's been with the Bengals. Also inactive was offensive lineman Keaton Sutherland.

Those moves came after another flurry of Saturday roster activity. When cornerback Torry McTyer went on the practice squad/injury list, that meant Canadian Football League interception champ Winston Rose was set to make his NFL debut.

Also suiting up for his first Bengals game since the 2016 finale is defensive end Margus Hunt.