Bengals without RBs Green-Ellis, Burkhead

August, 24, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead headlined the 11 Cincinnati Bengals who were listed under the "not expected to play" designation before Sunday night's Week 3 preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Green-Ellis was sidelined late in the week with a stomach virus that head coach Marvin Lewis said is spreading around the team. Burkhead injured his right knee in last week's game against the Jets. No official diagnosis was given on Burkhead's injury, but Lewis hinted Wednesday that the back competing for playing time wouldn't be sidelined long.

Along with Green-Ellis and Burkhead, cornerback Darqueze Dennard also isn't expected to play. He was seen at the start of pregame warmups going through conditioning drills. Tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher also are out. Dennard suffered a hip injury during his only play last week. Sanzenbacher's injury wasn't disclosed, but he got up rather slowly after delivering a hard tackle on a punt return in the second half of last Saturday's game.

Eifert's injury wasn't disclosed, but he has been dealing with some lingering discomfort in his shoulder. He missed the organized team activities and minicamps in the spring, as well as part of this summer's training camp sessions, because of his sore shoulder.

Right offensive tackle Andre Smith also isn't playing after suffering a concussion early in training camp. He has been cleared to practice for a little over a week, but he apparently has not gotten to the point where he can play. He mentioned earlier this week that he had hoped to play so that he can start getting his conditioning in regular-season shape.

Smith has not yet played in the preseason.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the Arizona State product who didn't practice the last three days, is expected to play.

Eifert will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie H-back Ryan Hewitt. Smith will be replaced by Marshall Newhouse.

Here's the full list of Bengals not expected to play:

CB Darqueze Dennard (hip)
QB Tyler Wilson (head)
QB AJ McCarron (shoulder)
WR Dane Sanzenbacher (undisclosed)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
CB Lavelle Westbrooks (hip)
TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder)
WR Marvin Jones (foot)
LB J.K. Schaffer (head)
OT Andre Smith (head)

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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