Per Seth Emerson, who obviously doesn’t want to miss the kickoff.
- There is a little intrigue at the center of the o-line, with Hill and Cleveland gone. Ericson is listed as a starter at both center and right guard, which obviously ain’t happening. More intriguing are the options — Van Pran at center and Salyer (!) at right guard. Sounds like we’re in for a little mixing and matching today. It will be interesting to see if Cinci can take advantage.
- James Cook is listed at running back, but won’t be at the game, due to his father’s passing.
- Defensively, Quay Walker gets the start in Rice’s absence, which is to be expected.
- There were whispers during the week that Stevenson might see a move to cornerback, but he’s still listed at star, with Webb, about whom there have also been some whispers about being banged up. Ameer Speed gets the nod to fill in at corner opposite Campbell. I ain’t gonna lie — between the injuries and opt-outs, I’m a little nervous about the secondary today.