CINCINNATI, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Cincinnati Bengals are getting the NFL preseason started on Friday night against the Arizona Cardinals, set to play at the newly named Paycor Stadium after the franchise reached an agreement to add the sponsor on the previously- named Paul Brown Stadium.
Head coach Zac Taylor said on Wednesday that Joe Burrow will not play and added that most starters will not play in the game, so the preseason opener will as expected be an opportunity to see the guys lower on the depth chart get a chance to prove themselves.
A roster note on Wednesday: offensive tackle La’el Collins was cleared today to return to practice after passing his physical, removing him from the Active/Non-Football Injury list. A back issue took the right tackle off the field earlier in the offseason.
“First and foremost we want to protect ourselves in the pass game when the moments get tight and I thought LC was really gonna help us there and be a big part of that at the same time he brings a lot of power and athleticism in the run game so he’s really just a perfect fit for any offense really,” said Taylor, who is entering his 4th season leading the Bengals.
Collins joins another new addition in right guard Alex Cappa as guys returning to the field after dealing with injuries in training camp, boasting a new-look offensive line getting ready to protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Bengals take the field against the Cardinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-named Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.