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Bengals LB Germaine Pratt is active for today's game against the Steelers. He missed Friday's practice with an illness that rendered him questionable, but Pratt should be ready for normal IDP usage.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow will undergo surgery on his right wrist on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burrow is expected to make a "full recovery for the 2024 season," Rapoport adds. Burrow's 2023 campaign was haunted by injuries: first a calf, then the wrist. He reminded us of his upside with a brilliant three-game stretch from Week 8 to 10, though, racking up 978 yards and seven TDs on a 74% completion rate and 8.4 yards per attempt. It doesn't sound like the wrist will be a concern in 2024 and beyond. There could be a buying opportunity right now on Burrow in dynasty leagues.

Bengals Edge Sam Hubbard got in his first full practice Friday since spraining the ankle that cost him the past two games. Cincinnati left Hubbard off the final injury report, meaning he's ready for Sunday's game against the Steelers. We'd go ahead and play Hubbard in IDP lineups as though he's full strlength. It's an upside matchup.

Bengals LB Germaine Pratt is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers because of an illness that kept him out of Friday's practice. Players usually play through practice-week illnesses, but we'll watch for Pratt's status on Sunday. His absence would likely boost the role for No. 3 LB Akeem Davis-Gaither.

The Bengals have ruled CB Cam Taylor-Britt out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. The quad injury that knocked him out late in last Thursday's loss to the Ravens was originally reported to be no big deal. But Taylor-Britt missed this full week of practice. We'll see about his status heading into Week 13 at Jacksonville.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Steelers. He remained sidelined in practice all week and has no timetable for return. Tyler Boyd and Trenton Irwin will again operate as Cincinnati’s No. 2 and No. 3 WRs this weekend, but neither is an attractive fantasy play with QB Jake Browning.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. That's not a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game vs. the Steelers. Higgins will be no better than a WR3 even when he does return with QB Jake Browning.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his wrist that will require surgery, HC Zac Taylor announced Friday. It ends a frustrating season that saw Burrow battle through a calf injury for the first six weeks, get hot coming off the bye, and then suffer this wrist injury. We'll look for further details on Burrow's rehab plan and whether his 2024 season will be impacted. His absence the rest of this season leaves Cincinnati with QBs Jake Browning and A.J. McCarron (practice squad). Browning was abysmal in relief of Burrow in Baltimore on Thursday night, completing eight of 14 passes for 68 yards (4.9 YPA). It's about the biggest QB downgrade imaginable and awful news for Bengals pass catchers. The offense figures to lean more on the running game going forward, but we still wouldn't consider this an upgrade for RB Joe Mixon because the Bengals will struggle to sustain drives and score points under Browning.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor said after Thursday night's loss to the Ravens that QB Joe Burrow is believed to have a sprained right wrist. "Fell on it early in the game and then felt it on the touchdown pass," Taylor said. Burrow was spotted with a wrap on that wrist prior to Thursday's game but was not listed on the Week 11 injury report. He had a "multi-layered" wrap on the wrist after the game, according to ESPN's Ben Baby. Burrow is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, so we should get more details on the injury over the next 24 hours. Stay tuned. QB Jake Browning mustered just 68 yards on 8-of-14 passing (4.9 YPA) in relief of Burrow in Baltimore.

Bengals CB Cam Taylor-Britt injured his left quad in Thursday night's game against the Ravens and has been ruled out for the game. That doesn't bode well for his Week 12 availability, but we'll watch for more specifics on this injury.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow hurt his right hand or elbow in the second quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Ravens. The TV broadcast showed Burrow trying to throw on the sidelines but unable to grip the ball. He immediately headed back to the locker room. We'll update Burrow's status when we know more. QB Jake Browning is Cincinnati's backup.

Update: Burrow is officially questionable to return with a wrist injury.

Update: Burrow has been ruled out. He's on the sidelines without any protective gear on that right wrist.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Ravens. He was always a long shot to play on the short week. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 12. Higgins' absence elevates Tyler Boyd to top-25 status in the WR Rankings and puts WR Trenton Irwin in play in one-game DFS contests.

Bengals Edge Trey Hendrickson got in a full practice Wednesday and will play Thursday night against the Ravens. It's a surprising turnaround after he hyperextended his left knee on the final play of Sunday's loss to the Texans. Hendrickson doesn't even appear on the final injury report, so he seems ready for regular usage in IDP lineups. Edge Sam Hubbard (ankle), on the other hand, will miss his second straight game. He has yet to practice since sustaining the injury.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase does not appear on the Week 11 injury report. Playing through a back injury last week, Chase registered a season-low 84% snap rate and a season-low six targets. He avoided a setback, though, and should be closer to 100% for Thursday night's showdown with the Ravens. Chase remains a must-start for that one.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Bengals Edge Trey Hendrickson (hyperextended knee) and Edge Sam Hubbard (sprained ankle) are "unlikely" to play Thursday night against the Ravens. Hendrickson suffered his injury at the end of Sunday's loss to the Texans. Hubbard missed that game after sitting out practice all last week. Cincinnati marked both players as not practicing on Monday's report. Cameron Sample started in Hubbard's place against Houston, with Myles Murphy and Joseph Ossai the next two edge guys up. None makes for a good IDP play in most fantasy formats. Lamar Jackson took no sacks and just 1 QB hit in his first meeting with Cincinnati this year, with Hendrickson and Hubbard in the lineup.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play vs. the Ravens on Thursday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. HC Zac Taylor didn't rule Higgins out at his Monday press conference but admitted that it'd be "tough" for him to be ready on the short week. Higgins owners should plan to be without him again in Week 11. His absence will keep WR Tyler Boyd in play as a fantasy starter after his big 8-117-0 line in yesterday's loss to the Texans.

Bengals Edge Trey Hendrickson left Sunday's loss to the Texans with a left knee injury after Houston WR Noah Brown fell into it following the game's final offensive play. HC Zac Taylor had no update on Hendrickson's status after the game, so we'll watch for specifics today. But a short turnaround to Thursday night's clash with Baltimore will challenge Hendrickson's chances of playing in Week 11.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (back) is active for today’s game vs. the Texans. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday after suffering what’s been reported as a back bruise in last Sunday night’s win over the Bills. Chase was truly 50/50 for this one, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and “it's unclear how functional he'll be." Chase did enough in pre-game warmups to get the green light, though. His fantasy floor and ceiling are lower than usual this week, but you’d still need to be loaded at WR to bench him.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (back) "did what was necessary in his warmups" and will play vs. the Texans today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Time will tell how effective he is," Rapoport adds. There's obviously elevated risk with Chase this week, but he'd be extremely tough to leave out of fantasy lineups -- especially with WR Tee Higgins out.

NFL Network reports that Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase is "considered 50-50 at best to play" today against the Texans. Ian Rapoport adds that "it's unclear how functional he'll be" after Chase hurt his back in last Sunday night's win over the Bills. He'll be a game-time decision for the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Check back for updates ahead of lineup lock to see where Chase winds up in our Week 10 rankings -- if he's active. He'll clearly carry some risk even if he's playing.

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