Player News - Bengals

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Tyler Kroft was held catch-less in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.

He drew just one target. A touchdown-or-bust fantasy option all season, Kroft will be toward the bottom of the TE2 barrel in Week 15 against Minnesota.
Dec 10 - 4:42 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 3-of-6 targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.

LaFell has topped 55 yards in just 1-of-13 games this season. Despite Sunday's score, he will not be a fantasy option in Week 15 against the Vikings.
Dec 10 - 4:37 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 11 times for 62 yards and caught 6-of-8 targets for 68 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.

The Bengals' inability to stay competitive in this 33-7 loss didn't hurt Bernard, who racked up late-game catches and receiving yards delivered by both Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. Joe Mixon's (concussion) Week 15 status is uncertain at Minnesota. If Mixon can't clear protocol, Gio will again be a borderline RB1 play. On Sunday, Bernard led the Bengals in both rushing and receiving yards.
Dec 10 - 4:32 PM

A.J. Green managed five catches for 64 yards on 12 targets in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.

He also lost a fumble on a sideline catch in the second half. The Bears simply won their battles against Green, whose every target was contested in a game where the Bengals couldn't get any of their pass catchers free. Green will have another tough draw in Week 15 against Xavier Rhodes' Vikings in Minnesota.
Dec 10 - 4:06 PM

Andy Dalton completed 14-of-29 passes for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.

He was pulled for A.J. McCarron with 4:30 left and the Bengals trailing 33-7 in a game where their defense got leveled by the Bears' running game. Cincinnati's pass catchers struggled to get open against Chicago's underrated pass defense, and Dalton couldn't sustain drives without the benefit of any easy completions. Dalton will be a low-end two-quarterback-league play when the Bengals visit the Vikings next.
Dec 10 - 4:00 PM

Bengals placed CB Adam Jones on injured reserve.

CB Tony McRae has been promoted in Jones' absence. He was injured intercepting a pass from Big Ben in Week 13. Jones was having the worst season of his career, grading as Pro Football Focus' 91st ranked cornerback.
Dec 9 - 12:12 PM

Joe Mixon (concussion) is out for Week 14 against the Bears.

As expected. Giovani Bernard will get the start against the Bears as a home favorite and will be one of the more popular DFS plays of the weekend. He should immediately be plugged into fantasy lineups as a solid RB2.
Dec 8 - 12:14 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is out for Week 14 against the Bears.

Starting CBs Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) are also out, along with starting S Shawn Williams (hamstring), who has missed the past couple games. The Bengals were severely banged up last Monday night against the Steelers. It's an upgrade for Jordan Howard's road matchup.
Dec 8 - 12:11 PM

Joe Mixon (concussion) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Beat writer Jim Owczarski confirms Mixon is "likely out" Sunday against the Bears. Giovani Bernard will be the clear lead back and should handle most, if not all, of the backfield work, putting him smack-dab in the RB2 mix.
Dec 8 - 11:04 AM

Joe Mixon (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

Mixon also sat out Wednesday, making it highly unlikely he is cleared in time to face the Bears on Sunday. With Mixon out, Giovani Bernard should handle the vast majority of the backfield work. He will be a solid RB2 in a good matchup.
Dec 7 - 12:06 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said John Ross (shoulder, injured reserve) has been hiding his injury from the team.

It at least helps to explain the rookie's disastrous debut season. Ross underwent shoulder surgery this spring, but Lewis said this injury is to the other shoulder. That is probably good news, but it is yet another injury for a player who struggled with them throughout college. Ross remains a hold in Dynasty, but his stock has taken a big hit over the last six months.
Dec 7 - 11:20 AM

Bengals placed LB Nick Vigil (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He suffered the injury in Week 12. Vigil leads the Bengals with 79 tackles this year but holds PFF's worst grade out of 33 qualifiers at 4-3 outside linebacker.
Dec 6 - 4:31 PM

Bengals placed WR John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He'll have labrum surgery this week. Ross was a healthy scratch before his shoulder injury. It ends a non-descript rookie season, with Ross appearing in just three games. Ross should be fully healthy for OTAs. He'll be in the mix for a starting role opposite A.J. Green in 2018.
Dec 6 - 4:24 PM

Joe Mixon (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

The Bengals held a walkthrough Wednesday after playing Monday night, and Mixon wasn't spotted on the field anywhere. On a short week, it'll be a challenge for Mixon to gain clearance to face the Bears. With Doug Martin (concussion) practicing in Tampa, Giovani Bernard is arguably the top add of the week ahead of Peyton Barber. Bernard played every snap after Mixon was hurt.
Dec 6 - 1:46 PM

Bengals S George Iloka's one-game suspension has been rescinded, and he will play Week 14 against the Bears.

Iloka laid a helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown in the end zone late in the Monday night loss to the Steelers, but he's not known as a dirty player and has been fined just over $35K instead. The Bengals need him against Chicago with DBs Dre Kirkpatrick, Adam Jones, and Shawn Williams all hurt.
Dec 6 - 12:12 PM


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