Player News - Bengals

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A.J. Green said he's recovering from a Grade 2 hamstring tear.

According to Green, he's still aiming to play this season, even if it's Week 17. Admitting that "even if it's Week 17" would seem to suggest he's not close to playing yet. ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Week 14 is "possible" for Green to return, but that's looking unlikely. Green owners shouldn't be holding their breath for anymore production from their WR1 this season.
Dec 2 - 10:34 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports a Week 14 return is "possible" for A.J. Green (hamstring).

Holtzman has already reported Green is out this week, but he did say the receiver's hamstring is "healing as expected." Even if he is not ready for next week, it appears Green will be healthy before the end of the season. The real question is will the Bengals allow him to play again in a lost season? We will not know the answer to that question for at least a week, but Green is worth stashing just in case he is active against the Browns.
Dec 1 - 12:36 PM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports A.J. Green (hamstring) will not play Week 13 against the Eagles.

There was never much hope for Green to play, but it is good to get confirmation. Holtzman did say Green's hamstring is "healing as expected," suggesting he could be back in the next couple games. Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell, and Tyler Boyd will continue to carry the load in the passing game.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 12:09 PM

A.J. Green (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Green is fully expected to miss Week 13 against the Eagles. Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, and Tyler Eifert will be Andy Dalton's main pass catchers Sunday.
Nov 30 - 1:13 PM

Speaking Monday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis conceded A.J. Green (hamstring) is unlikely to play in Week 13 against the Eagles.

Lewis used the term "partly cloudy" to describe Green's outlook, and beat writer Paul Dehner confirmed the translation is, "Not happening." Green has a partially torn and/or severely strained hamstring. He is out at least one more week.
Nov 28 - 3:49 PM

Speaking Monday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said "we'll see" on A.J. Green's (hamstring) Week 13 status.

That was the extent of Lewis' "update," but it's notable that he didn't rule Green out. Green still seems less than 50-50 to return this week, but it's a "never say never" situation. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Nov 28 - 3:18 PM

The Bengals will stick with K Mike Nugent for Week 13.

Nugent missed his fourth extra point on Sunday, and is just 18-of-23 on field goals this season. By any measure, both numbers are unacceptable, but the kicker market isn't exactly robust right now, and Nugent's track record suggests he'll stabilize. It probably doesn't hurt his cause that the Bengals' season is lost.
Nov 28 - 3:13 PM

Andy Dalton completed 26-of-48 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Ravens.

He also fumbled four times, losing two. Bengals OC Ken Zampese understandably abandoned a running game that wasn't working, but the results were not positive by resorting to the air. Cincinnati is simply short on passing-game talent at this point, missing both A.J. Green (hamstring) and Gio Bernard (ACL) after losing Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in the offseason. Dalton will be a mere QB2 play when Cincinnati hosts Philadelphia in Week 13.
Nov 27 - 5:37 PM

Tyler Eifert caught 5-of-11 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

As it should be, Eifert led the Bengals in targets in their first game post-A.J. Green and scored Cincinnati's lone offensive touchdown from three yards out. It was an especially promising box-score performance because the Ravens have shut down tight ends all year. Someone named Seth DeValve is the only other tight end to score a touchdown against Baltimore this season. The same is true of the Bengals' Week 13 opponent, Philadelphia. Eifert will still be an upside TE1 play in that game.
Nov 27 - 5:24 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 3-of-9 targets for 38 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

Extremely inefficient all year, LaFell's high-volume target totals don't ensure that he'll pay off as a fantasy start. LaFell only hits as a fantasy option when he scores touchdowns, something he has not been doing since Tyler Eifert got healthy. LaFell will be a low-end WR4 option in Week 13 versus Philadelphia.
Nov 27 - 5:09 PM

Tyler Boyd caught 5-of-9 targets for 62 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

His nine targets ranked second on the Bengals behind Tyler Eifert's 11. A rookie slot receiver, Boyd has the potential to be a high-volume target for Andy Dalton the rest of the way in A.J. Green's (hamstring) absence. In PPR leagues, Boyd will be on the radar as a WR3 option in Week 13 versus Philadelphia.
Nov 27 - 5:05 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 29 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 19 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

Burkhead actually led Cincinnati in rushing on a day where Jeremy Hill managed a 12-21 line on the ground. A lightly-used change-of-pace back in the absence of Gio Bernard (ACL), Burkhead is worth a look in particularly deep PPR leagues.
Nov 27 - 5:03 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 12 times for 21 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 61 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

Rex Burkhead mixed in for seven touches as Cincinnati's change-of-pace back. It was a predictably slow rushing performance for the Bengals' up-and-down run game against the Ravens' shutdown run defense. Still, Hill's high-volume passing-game usage was promising, and he should have a floor in the 17-touch range the rest of the way. Hill will be a quality RB2 play in Week 13 versus Philadelphia.
Nov 27 - 4:58 PM

The Bengals will start Tyler Boyd at wide receiver in place of A.J. Green.

Boyd was the only Cincinnati receiver who stepped up after Green tore his hamstring last week. Boyd is the favorite to lead Bengals wideouts in catches against the Ravens, whose slot CB Jerraud Powers has struggled in recent weeks.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Boyd available at a cheap price across the industry, he projects as one of our top points-per-dollar receivers this week. He was averaging 5.0 targets per game prior to the Bengals losing Green and Giovani Bernard, who combined for a 42% target share. Boyd’s volume will be there in favorable matchup in the slot. Even if Cincinnati plays him on the outside more than normal, he won’t have to deal with their best corner Jimmy Smith, who’s inactive today. The primary concern is the Bengals’ overall ability to move the ball and score. They have an implied team total of just 19 points. This makes Boyd a better option in tournaments than cash.
Nov 27 - 11:35 AM

Bengals declared QB Jeff Driskel, WR A.J. Green, TE C.J. Uzomah, S Shawn Williams, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, S Derron Smith, LS Clark Harris, and OG Christian Westerman inactive for Week 12 against the Ravens.

There are no surprises in this group. The Bengals announced Tyler Boyd as their starter in place of A.J. Green and Josh Shaw in place of Williams.
Nov 27 - 11:33 AM


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