Dumervil has missed the eight of 10 games this season, including the past five because of an injury related to foot surgery he underwent in the offseason.
Dumervil, who played in back-to-back games against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 2 and the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 before suffering a setback, is seeking to make his first start of the season opposite Terrell Suggs.
Dumervil’s return means a healthy scratch for fellow outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith. The fourth-round pick from the 2015 NFL draft started four of the last five games, but has only one sack this season.
Three other starters who had questionable designations – left guard Marshal Yanda (left shoulder), nose tackle Brandon Williams (back/hand), and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (right shoulder) – are active and expected to make their usual starts.
Tight end Nick Boyle is active for the first time this season. This is the first week he is available after serving a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs a second time.
The team deactivated a pair of starters in cornerback Jimmy Smith and rookie left guard Alex Lewis. Smith, who missed Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, did not practice at all last week because of a back ailment and had been doubtful. Lewis (high right ankle sprain) had already been ruled out for the second straight game.
The other players to stay on the sideline are rookie outside linebacker Kamalei Correa, tight end Crockett Gillmore (pulled hamstring), guard Ryan Jensen, and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh).
Cincinnati deactivated a pair of starters in wide receiver A.J. Green (strained right hamstring) and strong safety Shawn Williams (hamstring). Joining them are rookie quarterback Jeff Driskel, long snapper Clark Harris (groin), free safety Derron Smith (thigh), rookie guard Christian Westerman, and tight end C.J. Uzomah (calf).