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The Bengals are expected to make MLB Rey Maualuga inactive for Monday night's game with the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Maualuga missed practice Thursday and Friday with a leg injury, though his absence Monday night might ultimately be tied more to a defense in need of some changes. DC Paul Guenther reportedly indicated this week that some veterans are on notice after a 3-4-1 start. That apparently includes Maualuga. We might see some of rookie LB Nick Vigil on Monday night. Given the uncertainty, though, Vontaze Burfict's the top LB play among Bengals. Karlos Dansby's in play in deeper leagues. Beyond that, we'll see what happens.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and DE Michael Johnson (calf) were limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, despite the team coming off a Week 9 bye. We'll watch for their game statuses Saturday, heading into the Monday night game against the Giants.

The Bengals on Tuesday announced a 4-year contract extension for S Shawn Williams. That's significant because Williams has started just 4 games across 3 seasons in Cincinnati, all of them last year. But he's a big part of why the team let S Reggie Nelson walk (to Oakland -- though he probably flew) in free agency. The 25-year-old Williams stands 6' and 210 pounds. He defensed a pass in 4 straight games late last season, including his 2nd INT. He'll likely crack the top 30 DBs when our 2016 fantasy football projections come out.

The Bengals spent the 24th pick on CB William Jackson III. He won't need to start right away in a defense that sports Adam Jones and former 1st-round picks Darqueze Denard and Dre Kirkpatrick. Corners don't make for very interesting rookie draft picks in your dynasty league.

The NFL has suspended Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict for the 1st 3 games of next season for repeated flagrant hits on opponents -- the most recent, of course, being Saturday night's head shot on Steelers WR Antonio Brown. That will mark the 2nd straight year Cincinnati will have to start without Burfict, who missed the 1st 6 games of 2015 while recovering from a knee injury. LB Vincent Rey has filled in for Burfict the past 2 years and delivered for IDP owners, but he's set to hit unrestricted free agency. The Bengals could turn to 2015 rookie Paul Dawson if Rey leaves. We'll see what they do this offseason.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is probable for Sunday's game at Arizona despite a knee injury that limited him in practice all 3 days this week. Burfict played only 55.6% of the defensive snaps in the Monday night loss to the Texans while dealing with the knee. That makes him a poor IDP bet for this week.

The Bengals have deemed DE Michael Johnson (back) and CB Adam Jones (foot) doubtful for Sunday's game at Arizona. Their absences further downgrade a Cincinnati D that didn't make for an attractive fantasy option anyway, and can only help the Cardinals' pass offense.

The Bengals activated LB Vontaze Burfict on Saturday, which points to him likely playing Sunday against the Steelers. Both he and HC Marvin Lewis have said, though, that Burfict will need some time to work his way into game shape. You can go ahead and stash Burfict in a deeper IDP league, because we'd bet on him regaining a full-time role before the season ends. But don't chase him too hard in leagues of moderate or shallow depth. We don't know how long it'll take him to get back to 3-down duty. Expect OLB Vincent Rey to retain his 3-down role for at least a while -- and perhaps even after Burfict is back to full strength.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict will join his team for practice Thursday for the 1st time in more than a year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict suffered a knee injury last October that eventually required microfracture surgery in the offseason. He started this year on the PUP, which still gives the Bengals 3 more weeks to decide whether to activate him or put him on IR. We'll see how Burfict's knee responds to practice -- and perhaps game action before too long. But even he realizes that a full return right away isn't realistic. “Who hasn't played in a year and come plays 70, 80 snaps in one game?" Burfict said of his chances for Week 8. "So I'm just looking forward to contributing as much as I can." You can stash Burfict now if you play in a deep IDP league, but don't go dropping value to add him in average-sized formats (say, 5 IDP starters or fewer). Vincent Rey has been Cincinnati's best -- and only 3-down -- LB in Burfict's absence, dating back to last year. Expect him to retain a starting spot even when Burfict gets back into the lineup.

Monday started the 2nd week of eligibility for Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict to come off the PUP and begin practicing with his team, but he didn't take the field. “We’ve spent too much time talking about someone not on the roster," HC Marvin Lewis said, per the team website. “When he’s ready to come off rehab, he’s ready.” Guess we'll see what that means as this week goes on. IDP owners shouldn't be rushing out to grab him right now, though. On the other hand, OLB Vincent Rey reportedly returned. He suffered a knee injury back in Week 6 before the Week 7 bye. We'll see how he progresses through the practice week. Monday's practice was not a full workout.

Bengals OLB Vincent Rey left Sunday's win over the Bills with a right ankle injury and did not return. We'll see how serious the injury is. Fortunately, the Bengals get a Week 7 bye. LB Vontaze Burfict might be nearing a return as well after starting the season on the PUP. We'll keep an eye on this whole situation for IDP purposes.

Bengals safeties Reggie Nelson (groin) and George Iloka (ankle) are both active for today's matchup with the Chargers. Neither is a terrific IDP option, but Nelson will make sense for plenty of fantasy football owners.

The Bengals on Saturday placed weak-side LB Vontaze Burfict on the PUP, which means he'll miss at least the 1st 6 weeks of the season. The move comes as no surprise after Burfict went the entire preseason without participating in a team practice. He's still working back from offseason microfracture knee surgery. Vincent Rey has started in Burfict's place in the preseason and has delivered solid fantasy numbers when called upon in the past. He should see 3-down duty as long as he's in the lineup and is well worth picking up in IDP leagues of moderate depth. A.J. Hawk has also stuck as the starter at the other outside spot, ahead of 2014 starter Emmanuel Lamur. He's still not very intriguing for IDP purposes, though.

Bengals DE Michael Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on Sunday, according to Pro Football Talk. The injury is expected to keep him out 4 weeks, which would put Johnson back on the field just before the start of the regular season. It's tough to imagine him being ready to start at that point. We'll see how the Bengals handle the DE spot opposite Carlos Dunlap. The injury looks particularly discouraging after a Week 1 ankle sprain seemed to derail Johnson's 2014 season in Tampa.

The Bengals selected OT Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st pick.  The Texas A&M product tore his ACL in this past year's bowl game and might not contribute much in 2015.  That's fine for the Bengals, who have Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith at the tackle spots.  Longer term, Ogbuehi has the size and athleticism to emerge as a high-end LT.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that DE Michael Johnson has reached a deal with the Bengals. The reported 4-year contract returns Johnson to the team that drafted him back in 2009. After 5 years in Cincinnati, Johnson signed for big money with Tampa Bay last offseason as a free agent. Then he sprained an ankle in Week 1 and never seemed to get on track. If he can stay healthy, Johnson should boost a Bengals pass rush that Pro Football Focus graded worst in the league last year but 20th in 2013 (with Johnson aboard). Expect Johnson to win back his starting right DE job and present some solid IDP value. Dynasty IDP owners waiting for a DE Margus Hunt breakthrough will apparently have to keep waiting.'s Cole Harvey reports that Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his left knee. That certainly seems to make his situation more serious, but Burfict's surgeon expects a full recovery. "I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out." We'll see if Burfict is ready to participate fully when training camp begins. He won't turn 25 until September, so time and youth remain on Burfict's side.

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