The Patriots ruled running back Stevan Ridley (knee) out and special teams ace Matt Slater (wrist) is doubtful. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) are questionable again this week. So are eight other Patriots, including wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle).
Cornerbacks Leon Hall (hamstring) and Brandon Ghee (thigh) are doubtful for the Bengals and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is questionable, making it helpful that safety Reggie Nelson (hamstring) is likely to play. Defensive end Michael Johnson is questionable and awaits clearance after a concussion.