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6:09pm EDT 9/14/17

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Texans. WR Tyler Boyd, meanwhile, is a surprising healthy scratch. That might mean Ross is in for a bigger role than expected. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy lineups this week, but the speedy rookie is worth adding in deeper fantasy leagues.

UPDATE: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Boyd has a tight hamstring that happened "real late in the process."

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Texans. He practiced in full this week, so we're expecting him to play. The rookie isn't a fantasy option in his NFL debut, but his speed will help a Bengals offense that needs it after a Week 1 dud.

11:09am EDT 9/10/17

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. He returned to practice this week and could be available for Thursday’s game against the Texans. A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will operate as Cincinnati’s top 3 WRs today.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s reportedly dealing with knee tendonitis but will play against the Ravens on Sunday. Eifert is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is surprisingly listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Ravens after practicing on Thursday and Friday. He was expected to miss the first couple of games but is obviously ahead of schedule. The rookie isn’t a Week 1 fantasy option, but his world-class speed would help QB Andy Dalton’s outlook.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Bengals will release rookie K Jake Elliott, meaning that veteran Randy Bullock has won the kicking job. Cincinnati drafted Elliott in Round 5, but he connected on just 4 of 7 FG attempts in the preseason, including a pair of misses in Thursday night's finale. Bullock went 6 of 7 and made both of his extra-point attempts. He originally joined the Bengals in December, when they dumped K Mike Nugent.

Bengals WR John Ross is expected to be out a "couple of weeks" with the left knee injury suffered in Thursday's preseason finale, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official site. "Not serious," Hobson adds. It's relatively good news, but durability remains a major concern for Ross. This left knee is the same one in which he tore his ACL and meniscus back in 2015. Ross isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Bengals WR John Ross was knocked out of Thursday's preseason finale with a left knee injury. He went to the locker room before eventually returning to the sidelines. That might suggest a minor injury, but we'll look for an update. It's worth noting that Ross tore his left ACL and meniscus back in 2015. That's part of a lengthy injury history that he brought with him to the NFL.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was held out of Sunday's preseason game with knee tendinitis, HC Marvin Lewis said. Lewis downplayed the situation, but we don't consider anything minor when it comes to Eifert. He's missed 27 games through 4 NFL seasons with a variety of injuries. None have been to his knee, which we guess is a good thing. We'll see when Eifert is able to get back on the field and whether the issue lingers. He remains 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football.

Bengals S Shawn Williams left Saturday's game after suffering a nasty-looking right elbow injury. The team ruled him out for the game. We'll see about the specific diagnosis.

Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was taking part in both individual and 11-on-11 drills on Monday, according to insider Geoff Hobson. It sounds like the rookie is just about a full-go. He'll play catch-up now after missing spring workouts and the start of camp. But there's still time for him to win a significant Week 1 role. Ross is worth considering in the double-digit rounds of drafts as an upside bench stash.

RB Jeremy Hill started in the Bengals backfield in Friday night's preseason opener against Tampa Bay, but rookie RB Joe Mixon got in for touches starting with the 1st drive. Altogether, he carried 6 times for 31 yards and caught a pass for 11 more. Hill, meanwhile, ran for 26 yards on 7 rushes. Amid rumors that Hill could "start" all season, it's clear that Mixon will at least factor heavily into the backfield. We'll see where this work split goes. Of course, Mixon's late-Round 3 ADP has made him an expensive upside play in recent fantasy football drafts.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) avoided the PUP list and was a full participant in Friday's training camp practice. He's obviously made a ton of progress since June, when the Bengals' official website speculated that he might not even be ready by Week 1. Bernard is now on track to be a full-go for the opener. The bigger question is what his role will be in a crowded backfield that also includes Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill. Bernard's best bet is winning a passing-down role. His 187 catches since entering the league in 2013 rank 5th among RBs.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was fully cleared for the start of training camp. Eifert, of course, is coming off back surgery in late December. He even said that he's felt "100%" for a "couple months," per team reporter Paul Dehner Jr. The Notre Dame product remains an intriguing TD bet, but a lengthy injury history forces us to pass at his current ADP.

Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) is still expected to be sidelined a "couple of weeks," according to the team's official website. The rookie continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Missing all of spring workouts and the start of training camp makes him a long shot to make an early-season impact. Ross is only worth drafting late in best-ball leagues. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd figure to open the year as Cincinnati's 2nd and 3rd WRs behind A.J. Green.

Bengals insider Jim Owczarski expects RB Gio Bernard (knee) to be cleared for the start of training camp later this week. He'll almost certainly be eased in, but it's good news after a June report that had Bernard iffy for Week 1. It now looks like he's on track for the opener, barring a setback over the next 6 weeks. Bernard's volume will take a hit this year with the arrival of rookie Joe Mixon. But he could still bring some value in PPR drafts, where his ADP is sitting in the 13th round.

"All indications" are that Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) will be ready for the start of training camp later this week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski. Eifert himself said back in April that he expected to be on the field for camp after undergoing back surgery in December. He'll likely be eased in -- and we'll see whether the Bengals put him on the field for any preseason action. Eifert's ceiling extends into the top 5 at his position, but he's 1 of the biggest injury risks in 2017 fantasy drafts.

According to Geoff Hobson of, RB Giovani Bernard might not be ready for the start of the season. Bernard's expected to avoid the regular-season PUP -- which would cost him at least 6 games -- as he comes back from an ACL tear. The RB's progress will bear watching through the summer, of course, to see exactly when we can expect to see him and how close he'll be to full strength. Any missed time would give Joe Mixon more chances to show his stuff.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) is expected to be a limited participant in OTAs this week, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell. The fact that Bernard is out there at all just 6 months after tearing his ACL is encouraging. He'll be nearly 10 months removed when the 2017 season kicks off. Bernard appears to be on track to be on the field come Week 1. The bigger issue is where his touches will come from in a backfield that now includes Jeremy Hill and rookie Joe Mixon.

The Bengals plan to play rookie Carl Lawsons at strong-side LB half the time and pass rusher "most likely on the edge" the other half, DC Paul Guenther told the team website this week. The 4th-round pick could push for immediate playing time in that role. Cincinnati sports a crowd of options at LB, but former MLB starter Rey Maualuga is gone. So is 2016 OLB starter Karlos Dansby. The rush role will help Lawson's IDP upside and makes him an interesting late flier for dynasty rookie drafts.


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