For that reason, they knew they wouldn't have to juggle their roster to accommodate for injured players before the nonconference showdown. Still, they had to trim their 53-man roster down to 46 active players ahead of the ballgame. They have done just that.
Among the list of inactive players will be cornerback Brandon Ghee, a four-year veteran who has dealt with injuries much of the season. He wasn't listed on the Bengals' injury report after returning from a thigh injury the week before. He also missed much of the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season with a concussion. Ghee's inclusion on the inactives list was a sign that cornerback Terence Newman, who missed Wednesday's and Thursday's practices, will indeed play. He had been declared probable after working out Friday.
Like Sunday, Ghee probably could have played last week. He was declared inactive then in part to make room for cornerback Leon Hall, who returned to action last week after a hamstring injury held him out for two games. Another cornerback, Chris Lewis-Harris, made it to this Sunday's inactives as well.
Another addition to the list of inactives was center Trevor Robinson, who was declared inactive for the first time this season after guard Mike Pollak recovered from a knee injury and was added to the active roster.
Here is the full list of Bengals and Lions inactives: