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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It'll be Eifert's 2nd back surgery in the past 10 months. This one will sideline him 4-6 months, per Schefter. That timeline will have Eifert sidelined until somewhere between February and April. It's especially bad news considering he's set to hit free agency in March. Eifert is still only 27 but has now missed 22 games over the past 2 seasons and 41 total over his 5-year career.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be out "a few weeks," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Last year's 2nd-round pick has just 6 catches this season. He's well off the redraft radar -- and his dynasty value is fading.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd injured his right knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the day. That suggests a serious injury. We should learn more later today.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. We don’t have a timetable for his return. TE Tyler Kroft gets another start after going for 68 yards and 2 TDs last week. But the matchup isn’t nearly as good this time around. He’s just a TE2.

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is out for this weekend’s game against the Bills. The rookie has no timetable for return and isn’t worth rostering in redraft leagues as the bye weeks start to hit.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is facing "several" drug charges in relation to a July car crash, according to WTAE Pittsburgh's Beau Berman. Cops reportedly found marijuana and an opened bottle of liquor in the car. We'll see where the legal charges go, but Boyd is likely looking at a suspension from the league. He's been off the fantasy radar this year, anyway, with just 4 catches on 7 targets through 4 weeks.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, ankle) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's week-to-week and doesn't look particularly likely to play against the Bills on Sunday. That'd mean another start for TE Tyler Kroft.

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Browns. There's no timetable for the rookie's return. A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will continue to serve as Cincinnati's top 3 WRs.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that Eifert is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with his back injury. TE Tyler Kroft gets another start this weekend but would be a desperation fantasy play.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with his back injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Eifert doesn't need back surgery "at this time," Schefter adds. It's still unclear if this is related to the back issue that cost him the final 2 games of last season. Either way, multiple back problems in a span of less than a year is a major concern. Eifert is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues and can't be counted on as a fantasy asset anytime soon.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora hears that Bengals RB Joe Mixon's role is expected to expand under new OC Bill Lazor. The rookie already leads the team with 17 carries through 2 games. But he's been targeted just 4 times and played only 30.4% of Cincinnati's offensive snaps. Mixon remains a risk/reward RB3 for this week. But now might be your last chance to buy low on him.

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. We’ll see if that gets WR Tyler Boyd back on the active roster, but A.J. Green is the only Bengals WR you want in your fantasy lineup.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. It's possible he's looking at a multi-game absence -- something he's no stranger to. TE Tyler Kroft figures to operate as Cincinnati's lead pass-catching TE in Green Bay but isn't a fantasy option.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) remained sidelined on Thursday. At this point, we'd be surprised if he played against the Packers this weekend. That'd leave Tyler Kroft as Cincinnati's lead TE -- a significant downgrade for the struggling Andy Dalton.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) did not practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that Efiert is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Packers. We'll have another update tomorrow, but fantasy owners need to be making other plans for Week 3.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Packers due to back and knee issues, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Here we go again. Eifert underwent back surgery last December and reportedly dealt with knee tendonitis in late August. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week, but owners should be making other plans for Week 3.

The Bengals have fired OC Ken Zampese, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Zampese's offense failed to score a TD in 2 games, although QB Andy Dalton has been just as much to blame as the play-calling. We'll see if this move sparks the offense. It might also help RB Joe Mixon, who's been mired in a 3-headed committee.

UPDATE: Zampese will be replaced by QBs coach Bill Lazor, who spent 2014 and 2015 as Dolphins OC. The 2014 Fins ranked 11 in points scored and 14th in total yards. They fell to 27th and 26th, respectively, in 2015.

Bengals HC Marvis Lewis said Friday that WR Tyler Boyd was a healthy scratch for Week 2. That's contrary to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's report that Boyd had a tight hamstring. At least for this week, Boyd was behind A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, John Ross and Alex Erickson on the depth chart. He's obviously off the redraft radar for now.

6:09pm EDT 9/14/17

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Texans. WR Tyler Boyd, meanwhile, is a surprising healthy scratch. That might mean Ross is in for a bigger role than expected. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy lineups this week, but the speedy rookie is worth adding in deeper fantasy leagues.

UPDATE: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Boyd has a tight hamstring that happened "real late in the process."

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Texans. He practiced in full this week, so we're expecting him to play. The rookie isn't a fantasy option in his NFL debut, but his speed will help a Bengals offense that needs it after a Week 1 dud.

 
 
 

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