ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Cincinnati Bengals' defense, one that prevented New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from throwing a touchdown pass last week, just got stronger ahead of its Sunday afternoon road tilt against the Bills.
Defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Leon Hall were declared active for the game after dealing with injuries the past few weeks. Johnson suffered a concussion in the Bengals' Week 4 loss at Cleveland. He was held out of practices from that game until Friday, when he was finally cleared following a battery of tests that he had to go through per the NFL's concussion protocol.
Hall practiced all of last week after suffering a hamstring injury in the Bengals' Week 3 win against the Green Bay Packers.
With Johnson and Hall in the mix, the Bengals' eighth-ranked unit gets a good lift just in time to face a Bills' offense that is in a bit of flux. Buffalo lost starting quarterback EJ Manuel to a knee injury at Cleveland last weekend, causing it to start former practice squad player Thad Lewis. This is Lewis' second-career start.
While Johnson and Hall were declared active, cornerback Brandon Ghee was declared inactive once again as he deals with a thigh injury. He has only played one game this season as he has had to battle through concussion issues, as well.
Here are the full lists of inactives for the Bills and Bengals:
RB Rex Burkhead
CB Brandon Ghee
OG Mike Pollak
WR Ryan Whalen
DE Margus Hunt
QB EJ Manuel
CB Ron Brooks
LB Ty Powell