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Geno Atkins (knee) will make his preseason debut Sunday.

Atkins has been practicing since late July, but wasn't cleared for full team drills until this week. He's expected to play "a couple series" in Sunday night's regular-season dress rehearsal. Ten-months removed from ACL surgery, Atkins remains on track for Week 1.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 22 - 5:12 PM

Updating a previous item, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is sidelined by a hip injury at Bengals camp.

The Cincinnati Enquirer previously called the injury "unknown." Law Firm has "worked minimally" since the Bengals' second preseason game, and was not on the practice field Friday. He won't play in Sunday's exhibition contest.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 22 - 3:40 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is uncertain to play in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday due to an "unknown" injury.

It's believed he suffered the injury in Cincinnati's second preseason game, where Law Firm exited after just one carry for three yards. Green-Ellis' likely absence paves the way for rookie Jeremy Hill to run with Cincy's No. 2 tailback job. Cedric Peerman and UDFA James Wilder will also get more carries.
Aug 22 - 1:33 PM

The Bengals have named rookie Russell Bodine their starting center.

The fourth-round pick out of UNC beat out Mike Pollak, who will now fit in as Cincy's top interior reserve. From left to right, the Bengals' starting OL reads LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Clint Boling, C Bodine, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Andre Smith. Pro Football Focus has had Bodine struggling in the preseason, although the coaching staff clearly sees him as a high-ceiling option.
Aug 22 - 11:48 AM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson said rookie RB Jeremy Hill is "worthy of playing" with the starting offense and will likely get some work with the ones in Sunday's third preseason game.

Hill has worked with the twos and threes through the first two weeks of the preseason, though Jackson said he actually thought Hill had already gotten some run with the ones. Jackson isn't concerned about Hill's ability to sync with the starters, saying he thinks "that's a little overrated -- runners run." While BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been the second back through the rotation so far, Hill's clearly the more talented runner. He's over his shoulder "injury." We feel comfortable projecting Hill as the 1B to Gio Bernard's 1A.
Aug 22 - 10:06 AM

Bengals.com speculates RB Rex Burkhead may be dealing with an MCL sprain.

Beat writer Geoff Hobson does acknowledge an MCL sprain can be a 2-8 week injury, although this would obviously be far better news than a torn ligament. Asked about Burkhead's knee this week, coach Marvin Lewis would only say it's "sore." Lewis did say Burkhead should be out of his knee brace "in a few days."
Source: bengals.com
Aug 20 - 9:03 PM

Bengals signed WLB Vontaze Burfict to a new four-year, $20 million contract through 2017.

Burfict was entering the final year of his three-year rookie deal, but was under team control through 2015. He gets a total of $7.6 million this season and is now one of the richest 4-3 outside 'backers in the league at $5 million annually. An undrafted gem out of Arizona State in 2012, Burfict has become a three-down difference maker for the Bengals. He's above-average, and near elite, both against the run and in coverage. Burfict is a shoo-in LB1 in IDP formats.
Aug 20 - 5:19 PM

Rookie RB Jeremy Hill is practicing at Bengals camp after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday night's preseason game.

Hill tweeted after the game that his shoulder is "fine," and he's practicing without limitations. Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner has projected Hill for 10-15 carries per game this season, but to this point Giovani Bernard has handled every single first-team exhibition game rep. We'll keep a close eye on Hill's usage in the Bengals' regular season dress rehearsal. The rookie power back has 52 yards on nine carries (5.78 YPC) and two receptions for 13 yards through two preseason games. Bernard has 10-32, with two catches for 15 yards.
Aug 19 - 8:20 PM

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead was spotted on crutches and in a knee brace at the team facility Monday.

Beat writer Paul Dehner believes it "doesn't look good" for Burkhead, who left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury and didn't return. If Burkhead's injury is major -- and early indications point to that -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot could be safe in Cincinnati. The alternative would be to carry just Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman behind Giovani Bernard.
Aug 19 - 8:12 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the second Bengals running back to get a carry in Saturday's second preseason game.

Green-Ellis only played three snaps and had one carry for three yards, but it's notable that he got in the game before Jeremy Hill. Beat writer Coley Harvey now has BJGE making the final roster ahead of Rex Burkhead. Meanwhile, Giovani Bernard has gotten every single first-team rep through two preseason games.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 12:31 PM

Giovani Bernard has played on every single first-team snap during the preseason so far.

Andy Dalton has handled 25 first-team reps through two games and Bernard has been right there with him for each one. That's meant passing downs, red-zone, short-yardage, and goal-line work (Bernard scored on a 1-yard run Saturday night). However, he's produced just 32 yards on his 10 carries, showing the same limited efficiency he did last season (4.08 YPC). We'll be interested to see if Hue Jackson mixes in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and/or Jeremy Hill (questionable, shoulder) in the revealing third preseason game. For now, projections of 300 touches and some goal-line work for Bernard seem very realistic.
Aug 17 - 11:15 PM

Jeremy Hill tweeted late Saturday night that his injured right shoulder is "fine."

Speaking Sunday morning, coach Marvin Lewis expressed no concern about Hill, noting that the only potentially-significant injury the Bengals suffered was by backup RB Rex Burkhead. Hill was dinged up after managing 26 yards on five touches against the Jets' backups. We'll keep an eye on Hill's practice participation this week. For now, it looks like he's avoided serious injury.
Aug 17 - 10:43 AM

Mohamed Sanu secured 2-of-2 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game Saturday night.

Sanu kicked off the scoring with a 43-yard TD bomb deep down the middle from Andy Dalton, beating Jets CB Kyle Wilson. The score occurred on a deep post route out of the slot. Sanu has failed to impress in each of his first two NFL campaigns, but has a huge opportunity with Marvin Jones (foot) shelved deep into the season. Having a strong camp, Sanu is on the WR4/5 radar.
Aug 16 - 10:12 PM

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury.

Burkhead took a shot from big-hitting Jets rookie Calvin Pryor, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's affair. With Jeremy Hill (shoulder) also exiting early, BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot has quickly become safe. The Bengals now have only Cedric Peerman healthy behind Gio Bernard.
Aug 16 - 9:47 PM

Jeremy Hill exited Saturday's preseason game against the Jets with a right shoulder injury and will not return.

Hill rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 13 yards before heading to the locker room. He ran with the backups on Saturday, playing behind veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and saw Gio Bernard get a goal-line nod for a one-yard touchdown. Through two preseason games, Hill's rushed for 52 yards on nine totes (5.7 YPC). The Bengals will update Hill following the game.
Aug 16 - 9:34 PM


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