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After two weeks of waiting it appeared Saturday night that the Bengals offensive line arrived finally fully healthy for the third pre-season game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Bears.

That meant right tackle Andre Smith (unknown ailment) would probably start for the first time this year and first-round pick Jake Fisher (shoulder) would most likely back up left tackle and maybe play some guard in his NFL debut. Also, backup guard center Trey Hopkins (leg), who practiced for the first time in nearly three weeks on Wednesday, didn’t appear on head coach Marvin Lewis’ Not Expected To Play List that he released in pregame, indicating Hopkins would play his first game of the year.

Last season Hopkins was headed to a roster spot as an undrafted free agent out of Texas until he broke his leg in the preseason and he apparently is still trying to recover. Now he’s in a battle to be one of the projected nine offensive linemen to make the final 53-man roster. With Fisher, Eric Winston and T.J. Johnson apparently leading the backup derby behind the five starters, spots are at a premium.

The Bengals defense looked like it took a hit for the Bears. Nickel backer Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring) and backup cornerback Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) weren’t expected to play.

Backup tackles Pat Sims (thigh) and Brandon Thompson (unknown) weren’t on the Not Expected To Play List, but don’t expect them to play Saturday night or in Thursday night’s pre-season finale in Indianapolis. And that probably goes for Dennard, too.

Also not expected to play Saturday was backup cornerback Brandon Ghee (hamstring), whose return to the club this offseason has been plagued by the injuries that stalked him in his first stint in Cincinnati and he has yet to play in a game. Wide receiver Tevin Reese (hamstring) also wasn’t expected to play.

Also not expected to play were guys that have yet to play in a game, wide receiver Onterio McCalebb (hamstring) and right end Michael Johnson (knee), or guys that have yet to get off the rehab field in linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Sean Porter and rookie left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

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