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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with his back injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Eifert doesn't need back surgery "at this time," Schefter adds. It's still unclear if this is related to the back issue that cost him the final 2 games of last season. Either way, multiple back problems in a span of less than a year is a major concern. Eifert is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues and can't be counted on as a fantasy asset anytime soon.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora hears that Bengals RB Joe Mixon's role is expected to expand under new OC Bill Lazor. The rookie already leads the team with 17 carries through 2 games. But he's been targeted just 4 times and played only 30.4% of Cincinnati's offensive snaps. Mixon remains a risk/reward RB3 for this week. But now might be your last chance to buy low on him.

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. We’ll see if that gets WR Tyler Boyd back on the active roster, but A.J. Green is the only Bengals WR you want in your fantasy lineup.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. It's possible he's looking at a multi-game absence -- something he's no stranger to. TE Tyler Kroft figures to operate as Cincinnati's lead pass-catching TE in Green Bay but isn't a fantasy option.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) remained sidelined on Thursday. At this point, we'd be surprised if he played against the Packers this weekend. That'd leave Tyler Kroft as Cincinnati's lead TE -- a significant downgrade for the struggling Andy Dalton.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) did not practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that Efiert is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Packers. We'll have another update tomorrow, but fantasy owners need to be making other plans for Week 3.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Packers due to back and knee issues, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Here we go again. Eifert underwent back surgery last December and reportedly dealt with knee tendonitis in late August. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week, but owners should be making other plans for Week 3.

The Bengals have fired OC Ken Zampese, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Zampese's offense failed to score a TD in 2 games, although QB Andy Dalton has been just as much to blame as the play-calling. We'll see if this move sparks the offense. It might also help RB Joe Mixon, who's been mired in a 3-headed committee.

UPDATE: Zampese will be replaced by QBs coach Bill Lazor, who spent 2014 and 2015 as Dolphins OC. The 2014 Fins ranked 11 in points scored and 14th in total yards. They fell to 27th and 26th, respectively, in 2015.

Bengals HC Marvis Lewis said Friday that WR Tyler Boyd was a healthy scratch for Week 2. That's contrary to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's report that Boyd had a tight hamstring. At least for this week, Boyd was behind A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, John Ross and Alex Erickson on the depth chart. He's obviously off the redraft radar for now.

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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.

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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.

The league upheld the suspension of Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict on Wednesday but reduced it from 5 games to 3. That's obviously bad news for the player and his team, who believed he had a good case for overturning the punishment. But IDP owners will now get a potential top-shelf fantasy contributor for 2 more games. We've adjusted Burfict back up our 2017 IDP rankings, and he still sits well within consideration range for just about any sized fantasy football league. Backup LB Vincent Rey should still step in for Burfict over the 1st 3 games and carry significant IDP upside for those weeks.

The league has suspended Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict for the 1st 5 games of the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ban stems from an illegal hit on Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman earlier this month, but the severity undoubtedly comes from previous infractions for Burfict in the same category. He missed the 1st 3 games of last season for a shot to the head of Steelers WR Antonio Brown in the playoffs the year before. Burfict will reportedly appeal the suspension, but IDP owners will have to plan for now as though Burfict will miss the 1st third of the fantasy season. That's a big blow for a high-ceiling fantasy option that had been enjoying perhaps the best camp and preseason of his career. LB Vincent Rey would likely start in Burfict's place and provide a high-upside IDP option. Burfict's absence also adds upside to OLB Nick Vigil and MLB Kevin Minter.

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.


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