Bengals WR A.J. Green is "probably not going to play" against the Steelers this weekend, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell. This sounds like more opinion than report, but it makes sense. Green is returning from a serious hamstring injury and has been limited in practice this week. We'll get an official update from the team later today.
Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday, according to HC Marvin Lewis. Lewis went on to call Green's Week 15 outlook "partly sunny" -- whatever that means. It at least looks like he has a shot to play against the Steelers on Sunday. An active Green would be a must-start in fantasy and also give QB Andy Dalton a nice boost.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd contributed both through the air and on the ground in Sunday's win over the Browns. He led the team with 6 catches and 49 receiving yards and also carried twice for 40 yards. The majority of that came on a 39-yarder early in the game. Boyd is now averaging 5.3 catches and 57.8 yards with WR A.J. Green out for all or most of the past 4 games. The rookie will be a viable WR3 against the Steelers next weekend.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert took advantage of Sunday's matchup against the Browns' 30th-ranked TE defense, hauling in 5 of 6 targets for 48 yards and 2 TDs. Both scores came in the red zone, where the 6'6 Eifert is clearly QB Andy Dalton's favorite target. (At least while WR A.J. Green is out.) Eifert has now scored 4 TDs in his last 3 games and 5 in 7 games overall. His next 3 games all come against top 16 TE defenses -- but he'll remain an obvious fantasy starter at a weak position.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton was efficient in Sunday's win in Cleveland, completing 20 of 28 passes for 180 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Both TDs went to TE Tyler Eifert in the 1st half. Dalton didn't need to do much in the 2nd half with Cincinnati nursing a big lead. He has a tougher task next week against a surging Steelers defense. Dalton will be just a mid-range QB2 for that one, assuming WR A.J. Green remains out.
The forecast for today's Bengals-Browns game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and winds of 10-20 mph. We start to worry about the passing games when winds get over 15 mph, so this is a slight concern. Both teams figured to go run-heavy anyway, and the weather will only push them farther in that direction.
As expected, Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. He's yet to resume practicing, so a Week 15 return seems unlikely. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will serve as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs in this weekend's plus matchup.
Bengals WR A.J. Green told the media on Friday that he's dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring tear, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski. Hamstring injuries are on a scale of 1 to 3, so Green's is smack dab in the middle. A Grade 2 tear generally comes with a 4-6 week timeline, which would make Week 16 Green's earliest probable return. He added that he's hoping to play again this season, even if it's not until Week 17.
ESPN's Bon Holtzman confirms that Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) won't play against the Eagles this weekend. It sounds like he'll play again this season, but we don't have a concrete timetable for his return. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will again operate as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs on Sunday.
Washington DE Chris Baker is active for today's game against the Cowboys. He entered the day questionable but didn't seem in danger of actually missing the game.
Bengals HC Marvin Lewis said Monday that WR A.J. Green suffered a hamstring strain and is moving better than expected, according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson. "Sounds like no surgery and they're taking it week by week," Hobson adds. That's much rosier than Ian Rapoport's Sunday report of a "significant" tear that threatened Green's season. Lewis reportedly said he thinks Green will be back "by end of season," which suggests they expect him to miss multiple games. The Bengals have ruled him out for Sunday at Baltimore. We'll see beyond that. Hang on to Green in your fantasy football league for now, and we'll see how this situation develops.
Bengals RB Gio Bernard tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Bills, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's done for the 2016 season and isn't a lock to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign. Bernard turns just 25 in 2 days and just inked a new 4-year deal with Cincinnati this summer, so there's still plenty of long-term appeal here. His absence the rest of this season will mean an uptick in volume for RB Jeremy Hill. He's averaged 21 carries in 3 career games without Bernard.
Bengals WR A.J. Green is believed to have a "significant" tear in his hamstring, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's scheduled for an MRI to get a better idea of the damage. We should learn more tomorrow, but it sounds like Green is staring at a multi-week absence. That'd leave Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs. It should also mean a bigger role for TE Tyler Eifert.
Update: The Bengals "fear" that Green is done for the season, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website.
Bengals WR A.J. Green injured his leg early in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills. He needed to be carted back to the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more.
Update: Green has a hamstring injury and is done for the day.
Bengals DE Michael Johnson (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Giants after entering the night questionable.
The Bengals have officially ruled MLB Rey Maualuga (leg) out for Monday's game against the Giants, as expected. LB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and DE Michael Johnson (calf) are questionable for the game. Burfict returned to a full practice Saturday after putting in limited workouts the 1st 2 days. Johnson started with a limited workout Thursday, was a full participant Friday and then had no status (whatever that means) on the Saturday report.
The Bengals are expected to make MLB Rey Maualuga inactive for Monday night's game with the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Maualuga missed practice Thursday and Friday with a leg injury, though his absence Monday night might ultimately be tied more to a defense in need of some changes. DC Paul Guenther reportedly indicated this week that some veterans are on notice after a 3-4-1 start. That apparently includes Maualuga. We might see some of rookie LB Nick Vigil on Monday night. Given the uncertainty, though, Vontaze Burfict's the top LB play among Bengals. Karlos Dansby's in play in deeper leagues. Beyond that, we'll see what happens.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and DE Michael Johnson (calf) were limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, despite the team coming off a Week 9 bye. We'll watch for their game statuses Saturday, heading into the Monday night game against the Giants.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He’s expected to be on a snap count in his 2016 debut. Eifert is a TD-dependent Week 7 fantasy play.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to play "limited snaps" against the Browns today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Those snaps will likely come in obvious passing situations and in the red zone. But Eifert is a TD-dependent fantasy option in his 2016 debut. His return is good news for QB Andy Dalton.
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