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The Bengals are "hopeful" that WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) will be back for Week 12, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That seems like the best-case scenario considering Chase was still on crutches as of Monday. We'll continue to track his progress, but Chase is a heavy favorite to miss this weekend's game vs. the Steelers.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) is still walking with crutches, according to insider Kelsey Conway. There's been some hope that Chase will be able to return for this weekend's game vs. the Steelers, but this news makes that seem unlikely. We'll keep you updated on Chase's status throughout the week.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon scored a ridiculous 55.1 PPR points in a Week 9 win over Carolina. He had 171 total yards and 4 scores…at halftime. He finished with 5 scores, providing one of the highest-scoring fantasy performances of all-time. A plus matchup helped, and it came at a time in which Mixon appeared to be hitting a wall. He’ll look to stay hot against Pittsburgh following a Week 10 bye.

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Panthers, as expected. He’s still dodged IR as of now, so we'll see if Chase can make it back after Cincinnati's Week 10 bye.

Bengals CB Chidobe Awuzie tore his right ACL in Monday night's loss to the Browns and will miss the rest of the season. The defense might get CB Eli Apple back this week. He missed the Cleveland game with a hamstring injury that knocked him out early the week before. Apple put in a limited practice Wednesday.

Vikings TE Irv Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he's expected to miss "multiple weeks." Smith shouldn't expect to find starter opportunities when he returns, after his team traded multiple draft picks for T.J. Hockenson. Smith can be dropped in all non-dynasty fantasy football formats.

Update: Smith is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, per Schefter.

Vikings TE Irv Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, insider Chris Tomasson reports. Smith is getting an MRI on Monday to get a better look at the damage, but he figures to miss multiple games. He's droppable in standard-sized fantasy leagues. Smith's absence leaves lead TE duties to Johnny Mundt, who owns just 22 career catches, with 12 of them coming this season. We should see more volume funneled to WRs Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn with Smith out.

Vikings TE Irv Smith suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, HC Kevin O'Connell said afterward. Smith will get an MRI on Monday, so we should get another update on his status then.

Bengals LB Logan Wilson (shoulder) is ready to play Monday night against the Browns after putting in full practices all week. It's an impressive recovery from a shoulder injury that initially seemed likely to cost him multiple games. Wilson missed just 1. He's an LB3 with upside in our Week 8 IDP rankings. His return knocks LBs Germaine Pratt and Akeem Davis-Gaither down the rankings. Bengals EDGE Trey Hendrickson (neck) is also off the week's final injury report. He missed the 1st 2 days but then put in a full Friday. Cincinnati will most likely go without CB Eli Apple, who is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

The Bengals will not be placing WR Ja'Marr Chase on IR with his hip injury, according to insider Jordan Schultz. Schultz reports that Chase is dealing with a hairline hip fracture and torn labrum. He doesn't give a timetable for Chase's return, but no IR would mean the Bengals expect him back before Week 13. Chase is worth keeping stashed in all fantasy leagues.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a hip injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Chase reportedly suffered the initial injury against the Saints and then aggravated it in the win over the Falcons. The return timeline makes him likely to hit IR. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, however, that he's only expected to need rest and rehab to come back from it. His absence makes Tyler Boyd a strong fantasy football option for this weekend and beyond.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow uncorked 42 passes for 481 yards and 3 scores in a Week 7 win over Atlanta. He added a 1-yard rushing score. Cincy led by double-digits for most of this game, but HC Zac Taylor kept the petal down, and Burrow delivered. His scores went to Tyler Boyd (60 yards) and Ja’Marr Chase (32 and 41 yards). Atlanta lost top CB A.J. Terrell early in this one, but Burrow simply wasn’t going to be stopped. He’s now hit 275+ yards and 2+ scores in 4 of his past 5 matchups. Next week, he gets a Browns pass D that might remain without CB Denzel Ward (concussion).

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase torched Atlanta for 8 grabs, 130 yards and 2 scores. So much for the hip injury that landed him on the injury report. Chase made several sweet catches in this one, including a deep ball in tight coverage that went for 6. He’s now posted a staggering line of 12-244-4 over his past 6 quarters. Sure, the matchup was favorable on Sunday -- Atlanta even lost top CB A.J. Terrell in the 1st quarter. Still, it’s clear he’s trending up alongside a red hot Joe Burrow. He'll look to keep rolling against Cleveland.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd erupted for 8 grabs, 155 yards and 1 score against the Falcons in Week 7. The Bengals talked about getting Boyd more involved — and they delivered. Joe Burrow fed him 9 targets (21.4%) — 2nd most on the team behind Ja’Marr Chase. Boyd scored on a deep ball with help from a defender that tripped and fell. Still, the Bengals’ shift to a more pass-happy approach should provide a boost to him going forward. He's still more WR4 than WR3 when this offense is healthy. But Boyd certainly belongs on rosters in all 10+ team leagues. Next up is a road matchup with Cleveland.

Bengals EDGE Trey Hendrickson left Sunday's win over the Falcons with a neck injury. We'll watch for more on his outlook.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) is not listed on the final Week 7 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. Chase will be ready for his usual role vs. the Falcons this weekend.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) was limited in practice on Thursday for the 2nd straight day. We've heard no concern about his availability for this weekend's game vs. the Falcons, but his status is worth checking back on tomorrow.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice for the 1st time since hurting that ankle in Week 4. He's an upside fantasy play in Sunday's plus matchup vs. the Falcons.

Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He seemed to make it out of last week's win over the Saints healthy, so this is likely more of a rest day. We'll get another update on Chase tomorrow.

Bengals LB Logan Wilson is expected to miss at least the next 2 games and potentially more than a month with the right-shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Saints. It's the same shoulder he injured last season, which required surgery after the year. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the latest injury is less severe and that "around 2-5 weeks [is] considered a fair window of return." Last year's shoulder injury cost Wilson 3 games before he returned to play every snap in his final regular-season appearance and throughout the playoffs. If this injury isn't as bad, then perhaps we should be optimistic for a return on the shorter end of the timeline. Whether to stash or dump Wilson will depend heavily on the size and scoring of your league as well as roster size and IDP lineup positions. Germaine Pratt and Akeem Davis-Gaither figure to lead Cincinnati LBs while Wilson is out.

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