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Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee scope) is "progressing" toward a return.

Naturally, Lewis didn't disclose when Burfict might actually suit up. Sunday's tilt with the Texans will mark the fourth straight game he's missed. Going by his timetable, there's a chance Burfict will be ready for Week 13, but that should not be taken for granted.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 21 - 2:06 PM

Speaking after Friday's practice, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, injured reserve/designated for return) is "progressing" toward returning this season.

Lewis, however, was vague on when exactly Eifert might be back. He doesn't appear particularly likely to suit up in Week 13. Despite the down year at tight end, Eifert is not worth stashing in 12-14 team re-draft leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 21 - 2:03 PM

Gio Bernard (hip) is listed as probable for Week 12.

He practiced in full on both Thursday and Friday. Bernard's workload is unclear after he missed a month with hip and collarbone injuries. Jeremy Hill excelled in Gio's absence, averaging 5.73 YPC over the Bengals' last three games.
Nov 21 - 1:42 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a 65:35 split favoring Jeremy Hill in the Bengals backfield Week 12 against the Texans.

Sounds about right. Hill has severely outplayed Bernard this season, averaging 5.73 YPC in his three starts compared to 4.09 for Gio. Earlier this week, OC Hue Jackson hinted at easing Bernard back into the mix after his three-game absence. Bernard also worked with the receivers last week, suggesting he'll be featured more as a pass-catcher out of the backfield while Hill hammers it between the tackles. Hill is a strong RB2 with RB1 upside. Bernard is merely a FLEX.
Nov 21 - 9:43 AM

Giovani Bernard (hip) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, Bernard was "was back at No. 1 (duty) during open portion of practice." Bernard is perhaps fantasy's biggest wild card for Week 12, but it's beginning to appear as if he'll be returning to a workload resembling the one he was handling before going down. We still expect Jeremy Hill to maintain a bigger role on early downs, however. With the situation uncertain, both backs can be utilized as RB2s for Week 12.
Nov 20 - 2:59 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson expects Jeremy Hill to handle "the bulk of the carries until (Gio) Bernard’s hip and shoulder click back into place."

Playcaller Hue Jackson isn't naming a Week 12 starter, which leaves the door open for Hill to take over as the Bengals' primary runner, even with Bernard all set to play against the Texans. "I think my concern is keeping him healthy,’ Jackson said of Bernard, who missed the last three games. Asked if Hill has earned a bigger role, Jackson replied "I think he deserves it. ... I think Jeremy has done a tremendous job and he earns the right to play, there's no question about that. But it's always good to have two really good runners." Expect Hill to lead the Bengals in carries against Houston, and possibly carry the bulk of the workload the rest of the way. In fantasy, he's a borderline RB1.
Source: bengals.com
Nov 19 - 8:54 PM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson declined to name a starting running back when pressed following Wednesday's practice.

Jackson said Gio Bernard (hip) was "tremendous" in Wednesday's session, and Bernard remains on track to return Sunday against Houston. His role isn't going to be what it was early in the season, however. "I think we've got to work him back into our process and how we do things," said Jackson. "What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go." It sounds like Bernard will be "eased in" versus the Texans. He'll be a flex option in standard fantasy leagues, and perhaps a lower-end RB2 in PPR.
Source: bengals.com
Nov 19 - 8:47 PM

Giovani Bernard (hip) returned to Bengals practice Wednesday, getting in a limited session.

Not a surprise. Bernard is fully expected to be back in the lineup for Week 12 against the Texans. It's unclear how the Bengals will divvy up carries between he and Jeremy Hill, but Hill has been the far better between-the-tackles player this season. Bernard should get most of his touches out in space.
Nov 19 - 12:13 PM

Speaking Monday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he "thinks" Giovani Bernard (hip) will resume practicing this week, but added that he "(wasn't) sure."

Lewis likes to offer up wishy-washy comments, but most signs point toward Bernard returning on Wednesday, and likely suiting up for Week 12. The Bengals' own website has said as much. Bernard reportedly looked good in pre-game warmups before Sunday's win over the Saints. Sidelined for the past three games, Bernard is expected to return to more of a timeshare with Jeremy Hill, who has starred during his absence. Hill should function as the Bengals' primary between-the-tackles runner, with Bernard catches passes and changing the pace.
Nov 17 - 3:58 PM

The Bengals' website expects Giovani Bernard (hip, collarbone) to return for Week 12 against the Texans.

Per beat writer Geoff Hobson, Bernard is "expected back this week after missing the last three games." Hobson expects the Bengals' backfield to be "flexed for the stretch," with Jeremy Hill taking on a more significant role than the one he played behind Gio early this season. The Bengals' offense has functioned at its maximum on the back of a power running game. Hill is Cincinnati's best power back. Bernard may return to a Shane Vereen-type role.
Source: bengals.com
Nov 17 - 1:19 PM

Following Sunday's 152-yard gashing of the Saints, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis referred to Jeremy Hill as "a very complete player."

Averaging 4.92 YPC on 113 carries during his rookie year, Hill has shown the ability to be a true foundation back and a centerpiece of Cincinnati's offense. "Jeremy is such a tough runner," observed Lewis. "As he keeps going and just becomes a Bengal and just plays football, he'll only be more and more impressive. "He's got a lot of ability - he's strong, he can cut and run, he's got great speed, great vision and can catch the football. He's a very complete player. As a young guy, he's showing a lot right now. We've got to feel good about that."
Source: bengals.com
Nov 17 - 1:16 PM

A.J. Green said practicing in full ahead of Sunday's win at New Orleans made him feel more comfortable.

In his first two games off a toe injury, Green was limited in practice. But he took "every rep" last week and got another boost when Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee) was hobbled. The result was a 6-127-1 line, reestablishing Green as what we all know he is -- one of the game's premier wideouts. Now healthy, he's a good bet to feast on the Texans in Week 12.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 9:41 AM

Cedric Peerman rushed twice for 21 yards in Cincinnati's Week 11 win over the Saints.

Peerman got out-touched 28-2 by Jeremy Hill. With Giovani Bernard (hip) looking likely to return for Week 12, Peerman is about to return to (distant) No. 3 duties.
Nov 16 - 5:30 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 3-of-6 targets for 23 yards in Cincinnati's Week 11 win over the Saints.

Sanu took a backseat to A.J. Green, who looked "back" as he ate up the Saints' secondary for a 6/127/1 day. Sanu now has just five catches for 43 yards over his past two games. Sanu has played exceptionally well this season, but with Green back to his old self, he's a boom-or-bust WR3.
Nov 16 - 5:02 PM

Jermaine Gresham caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati's Week 11 win over the Saints.

Gresham was lucky to get six on his first touchdown. He recklessly fumbled the ball away at the goal line, but somehow managed to recover it in the end zone. He appeared to illegally kick the ball forward, but the refs missed it. Bafflingly, the play was ruled an Andy Dalton touchdown pass. There could be a stat correction this week. Despite the two-score day, Gresham remains miles from re-draft relevance.
Nov 16 - 4:59 PM


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