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The Bengals have re-signed TE Tyler Eifert to a 1-year deal. We didn't hear of any other teams showing interest in the 28-year-old, who has missed 34 games over the past 3 seasons. Cincinnati gave TE C.J. Uzomah a 3-year, $18 million contract earlier this week, so we'll see how the team plans to divvy snaps between the 2. Eifert retains upside if he can ever stay on the field, but he's just a late-round flier in best-ball drafts right now.

The Bengals have reached a 3-year deal with TE C.J. Uzomah to keep him from hitting the open market, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The contract will be worth "more than" $18 million. That's pretty solid money for a TE with 79 catches through 4 seasons and indicates Uzomah will hit 2019 as Cincinnati's lead pass-catcher at the position. We'll see whether free-agent TE Tyler Eifert gets another shot.

The Bengals are "shopping" WR John Ross, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 9th overall pick of the 2017 draft has been a colossal disappointment through 2 seasons, going catch-less in 3 appearances as a rookie and catching just 21 balls this past year. Injuries have been a problem for Ross throughout his football career. But he posted big numbers in college, boasts 4.2 speed and is still only 23. Ross remains a hold in dynasty leagues. We'll see if he finds a new home.

Bengals RB Mark Walton has been arrested twice since the calendar flipped to 2019, first for marijuana possession in January and then for battery this past weekend. Either or both incidents could earn him a suspension. It's a rough start to the offseason for last year's 4th-round pick who averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 14 attempts as a rookie. Walton will open the 2019 campaign no higher than 3rd on Cincinnati's depth chart, behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.

The Bengals have officially named Zac Taylor their HC. The marriage has been set for about a month, but the announcement had to wait until the Rams' season was over. Taylor spent the past 2 years working under Sean McVay, but it's unclear exactly how big a hand he had in the scheme or game-planning. Taylor has just 5 games of experience as an NFL OC, all with Miami back in 2015. The Fins averaged 17 points in those 5 contests. Taylor was the University of Cincinnati's OC in 2016, "leading" the Bearcats to a 106th-place finish in total offense.

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The Bengals have fired HC Marvin Lewis. He's been the boss in Cincinnati for 16 seasons, compiling a 131-122-3 record. Lewis' squad made the playoffs 7 times but never got a postseason victory. Cincinnati went 19-28-1 over the past 3 seasons. We're already hearing Hue Jackson mentioned as a potential replacement for Lewis. Poor Bengals fans.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Steelers. John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson will again serve as Cincinnati’s top 3 WRs. None can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Browns. He shouldn't have been in IDP consideration anyway.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He hasn’t yet been placed on IR, so there’s evidently a chance he plays in the finale. Boyd’s absence this weekend leaves John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson as Cincinnati’s top 3 WRs. Ross is the best fantasy bet but is no better than a WR4 flier.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He hasn't been placed on IR, so there's evidently a chance he's able to play this week or next. But fantasy owners shouldn't bank on having him in Week 16 lineups.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been diagnosed with a "low-grade" MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He could miss time, and with only two weeks left in the season, that could be it for 2018," Rapoport adds. Boyd's absence would leave John Ross and Cody Core as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a right knee injury. He hauled in 4 balls for 38 yards and a score before exiting. We'll update Boyd's status when we learn more.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) isn’t listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. That foot shouldn’t be an issue, but a crumbling Bengals offense makes Mixon more of a RB2 in Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Chargers, but he won't be at 100%. Mixon is more of a RB2 for Week 14.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed with a foot issue. It's possible this is just a rest day, but it's worth noting that Mixon played a season-low 57% of the offensive snaps last week. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Green is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months, so he should be back by springtime. He'll end up missing 7 games this season, bringing him to 13 total over the past 3 seasons. Durability is a concern moving forward for the 30-year-old. Tyler Boyd and John Ross will close out the 2018 campaign as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs.

Bengals WR A.J. Green suffered a non-contact right foot injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Broncos. He had to be carted to the locker room, so don't expect him to return. This is likely an aggravation of the injury that cost him the past 3 games.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Broncos on Sunday after missing the past 3 games. The injury and QB Jeff Driskel add risk to Green’s Week 13 outlook. But he’s worth using in most fantasy lineups as a WR2 with upside.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) was on the field for Wednesday's walkthrough and told reporters that he'll return for this weekend's game against the Broncos. Green was sitting 7th among WRs in PPR points before going down in Week 8. QB Jeff Driskel adds some unknown, but Green will be worth getting into Week 13 fantasy lineups as at least a WR2 with upside.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after missing the past 2 games. He put in limited practices all week, and we'd bet on the veteran playing. He's still a risky fantasy option even if active, though. Burfict played just 53%, 84% and 63% of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in his 3 appearances so far this season. Burfict has also averaged just 6.6 total tackles per game since the start of last season. Cincinnati will remain without LB Nick Vigil (knee), and MLB Preston Brown (knee) has also been ruled out.

 
 
 

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