The Bengals have placed WR John Ross (shoulder) on IR. It's unclear if he's a candidate to return, but he's out for at least the next 8 weeks. Ross can be dropped from redraft rosters. Cincinnati moves forward with Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and Damion Willis atop the WR depth chart -- until A.J. Green is ready to return from his ankle injury.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Bengals WR John Ross is expected to miss "multiple games" with the shoulder injury he suffered late in Monday night's loss to the Steelers. "Could be in the range of a month or so," Garafolo adds. Cincinnati has a Week 9 bye, so it's possible Ross is sidelined until Week 10. With WR A.J. Green still out, the Bengals are down to Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and Damion Willis as their top 3 WRs.
Undrafted rookie WR Damion Willis will start in place of WR A.J. Green (ankle) in Week 1, according to the team's official website. Willis hails from Troy, where he tallied 98 catches for 1,496 yards (15.3 YPC) and 13 TDs over the past 2 seasons. The 6'3, 204-pounder clocked a 4.48-second 40 time at his Pro Day this spring and has racked up 118 yards and a score on 9 preseason catches. Willis will be worth monitoring -- but you should be able to do better in your Week 1 fantasy lineup.