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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's tentatively expected to play vs. the Packers this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Zac Taylor insists Mixon's injury isn't serious, but he still looks iffy for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. Mixon's absence would leave Samaje Perine as Cincinnati's lead back.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor labeled RB Joe Mixon (ankle) "more day to day" (than week to week) and said he'll be limited in practice to open the week. Taylor continues to be more optimistic on Mixon's injury than reports from the national media. We'll keep a close eye on Mixon's practice participation this week. Backup RB Samaje Perine remains worth stashing on fantasy rosters in the meantime.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Bengals RB Joe Mixon is "week to week" with a "low-grade" ankle sprain. HC Zac Taylor said Friday that Mixon has "a chance" to play vs. the Packers this weekend, but this report has us less optimistic. Samaje Perine will step in as Cincinnati's lead back if Mixon misses time, with rookie Chris Evans in a change-of-pace role.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor sounded optimistic about RB Joe Mixon (ankle) and the rest of his injured players in Friday's press conference, according to The Athletic's Jay Morrison. Specifically, Taylor said Mixon "will have a chance" to play against the Packers next Sunday. We'll keep a close eye on him when Cincinnati gets back to work next week.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was knocked out late in Thursday night's game vs. the Jaguars with an ankle injury. HC Zac Taylor called it "minor" after the win. Mixon has 10 days to get ready for Cincinnati's Week 5 game vs. the Packers. We'll monitor his status next week. If Mixon misses time, it'd likely be Samaje Perine as the Bengals' lead back, with Chris Evans mixing in on passing downs.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) would have had an "outside chance" to play Week 4 if the game were on Sunday, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Higgins is sitting "with plans to get healthy for Week 5," Fowler adds. We'll keep an eye on his status when Cincinnati gets back to work next week.

The Bengals have ruled S Jessie Bates out for Thursday night's game against the Jaguars with a neck injury. We haven't seen any indication yet this is expected to be a multi-week issue, but we'll watch for updates. It'll either be Sean Davis or Brandon Wilson filling in.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Jaguars. We still don't have a timetable for Higgins' return. Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will again operate as Cincinnati's clear top 2 WRs in tomorrow's plus matchup.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) remained sidelined for Tuesday's practice. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on him playing against the Jaguars on Thursday night, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Steelers. Auden Tate figures step in as Cincinnati’s #3 WR but would be a desperation fantasy play. Higgins’ absence frees up a bunch of targets for WRs Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) is not expected to play vs. the Steelers today. Higgins is listed as doubtful, so no surprise there. Auden Tate is the favorite to move into Cincinnati's 3-WR sets but isn't a viable fantasy play. WRs Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd should pick up extra targets with Higgins out.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game vs. the Steelers. HC Zac Taylor said Friday that he wants to wait to see how Higgins feels on Sunday before ruling him out -- but he’s obviously a long shot. Higgins’ absence would elevate WR Auden Tate to the #3 WR spot and free up a bunch of targets for WRs Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. HC Zac Taylor labeled him "day to day" earlier in the week, suggesting it's not a serious injury. But Higgins at least seems to be in danger of missing Sunday's game vs. the Steelers. Check back tomorrow for another update.

It was easy to write off Falcons TE Hayden Hurst after the team drafted Kyle Pitts 4th overall and declined the 5th-year option on Hurst's rookie contract (making this the final year on his deal). But Matt Urben of Falcons Wire says to "look for Hurst to be a featured player" in the offense this year, which is expected to deploy multiple TEs as part of the plan to replace WR Julio Jones' production. We'll have to see just what Hurst's role looks like, but we saw HC Arthur Smith use Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser simultaneously with last year's Titans. The biggest draw to Hurst is an ADP that will find him undrafted in most fantasy football leagues.

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. tweeted Sunday that RB Chris Evans will have a “small role on third downs.” He adds that Evans’ role could grow as the year goes on. (Of course.) The Michigan rookie caught a long TD from backup QB Brandon Allen in Sunday's preseason game and has drawn camp praise for his pass catching work. A high-end athlete, Evans is a name to monitor in deep formats.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase has had a "fantastic week" of practice, The Athletic's Paul Dehner writes. It's certainly noteworthy after an early-August report that he was struggling in camp and then a 3-drop 2nd preseason game. We're not worried about Chase's on-field performance. It's the target competition and volume projection that's keeping him suppressed in the WR rankings.

Bengals DE Joseph Ossai will have surgery this week for a meniscus injury that the team fears will end his season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The 3rd-round pick appeared headed for a spot in Cincinnati's DE rotation. He had a sack of Tom Brady among 5 total pressures in the preseason opener.

Bengals rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase endured a rough outing Friday night in the team’s 2nd preseason contest. The 1st-round pick dropped all 3 of his targets vs. Washington. Drops weren’t a problem for Chase in college. Pro Football Focus charted him with just 5 among 118 targets in 2019, his final campaign at LSU. And we’re not generally too concerned with a WR’s drops in the NFL. But Chase’s lackluster performance stands as another signal we should be cautious about trusting the rookie for big fantasy football production right away. We’ll see whether the latest display knocks his ADP down, though.

After a rough start to training camp, Bengals QB Joe Burrow has "been stacking one quality practice on top of another over the past 10 days," Sports Illustrated's James Rapien writes. Burrow went 11 of 15 with 3 TDs in team drills on Monday, per Rapien, and also scrambled for a pair of 1st downs. That last note is especially encouraging for a guy returning from a serious knee injury. Burrow isn't going to play this preseason, so these practice reports are all we'll get before Week 1. He's probably not a guy you'll want to trust in that opener vs. the Vikings -- but Burrow could certainly be an every-week QB1 by October.

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