BALTIMORE -- The Cincinnati Bengals had been hopeful all week that tight end Jermaine Gresham would be able to play in Sunday afternoon's division game against the Ravens, but less than two hours before kickoff, they announced that he would be missing his first game in two seasons.
Despite going through routes, cuts and half-speed sprints about a half hour before the warm-up period formally began, Gresham wasn't able to play through a groin injury suffered last week at Miami. After being declared questionable in Friday's injury report, he was ruled inactive.
The fourth-year tight end, who didn't practice at all this week, will end up missing his first game since 2011. That year, he didn't play in two contests because of a hamstring injury. Through nine games this year, he has 33 receptions for 321 yards and a touchdown.
While Gresham will end up missing Sunday's game, running back Giovani Bernard won't. The rookie also had been listed as Questionable entering the game, but was added to the group of 46 active players before the contest. In last week's 22-20 overtime loss at Miami, Bernard suffered a rib injury on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He practiced all week in a limited capacity, but expressed optimism that he would be able to play this weekend.
In Gresham's place will go Alex Smith, who will make his first start of the season. Even though Gresham ended up catching passes during pregame warmups, Smith took the No. 1 repetitions at the position. Rookie Tyler Eifert also caught passes.
Along with Gresham, the Bengals listed cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, defensive tackle Devon Still, offensive linemen Trevor Robinson and Tanner Hawkinson and linebackers Rey Maualuga Michael Boley among their inactives. The Ravens listed cornerback Asa Jackson, safety Omar Brown, running back Bernard Scott, center Ryan Jensen, receiver Brandon Stokley, linebacker John Simon and defensive tackle Brandon Williams among their inactives.