Player News - Bengals

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Andy Dalton completed 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns while notching four yards on three carries Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

It wasn’t a big yardage day for Dalton, which was probably to be expected against a tough Broncos secondary. That being said, Dalton did well to lead three touchdown drives including two in the first half. He zipped a one-yard touchdown to Tyler Kroft off a play-action pass in the first quarter before threading the needle on a 29-yard score to Alex Erickson early in the second frame. Later he recognized a mismatch with A.J. Green, who beat Bradley Roby for an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Dalton has now gone his last four games without throwing an interception after being picked off eight times over his first six outings. He gets the Browns at home in Week 12.
Nov 19 - 9:20 PM

Joe Mixon went for 49 yards on 20 carries while securing two catches for no yards on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

He out-touched Giovani Bernard by an overwhelming 22-4 margin, though obviously the huge workload didn’t amount to much as Mixon stumbled to just 2.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the afternoon went for all of eight yards. Mixon’s volume is finally trending in the right direction but he’s not much use to fantasy owners when he’s constantly running intro brick walls. Next week he’ll face the Browns, who bottled him up for 29 yards on 17 carries in Week 4.
Nov 19 - 9:19 PM

Giovani Bernard lost four yards on three carries and added one catch for eight yards on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Incredibly, Bernard has now rushed for negative yards in two of his last three games. That’s just not going to cut it. With Joe Mixon emerging as the Bengals’ bell-cow, Bernard won’t be a fantasy consideration next week against the Browns.
Nov 19 - 9:18 PM

A.J. Green nabbed four-of-nine targets for 50 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Green was silenced by Aqib Talib in the first half, catching his first pass with just over a minute left in the second quarter. The Bengals changed gears after halftime, managing to isolate Green against Bradley Roby. That proved to be a much better matchup for Green, who dusted Roby for an 18-yard touchdown to put Cincinnati up ten with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Green has now scored in six-of-eight games since Bill Lazor’s promotion to offensive coordinator. Even with a tough matchup looming against Jason McCourty, fantasy owners shouldn’t hesitate to fire up Green as a WR1 next week versus Cleveland.
Nov 19 - 9:16 PM

Brandon LaFell came down with three catches for 37 yards on five targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Most of his yardage came off a play-action pass from Andy Dalton early in the second quarter. Benefiting from a missed tackle by safety Justin Simmons, LaFell was able to turn it into a 29-yard gain. That was really the extent of LaFell’s production as he was held to just one catch for six yards after halftime. This was a big letdown from LaFell’s previous game when he tallied 95 yards and a touchdown on six catches in a loss to Tennessee. He’ll tangle with the Browns at home in Week 12.
Nov 19 - 9:15 PM

Tyler Kroft absorbed two-of-three targets for 12 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Kroft ended a three-game touchdown drought by scoring on a play-action pass from Andy Dalton in the first quarter. He was mostly held in check after that and exited briefly with a right hand injury during the second half. Kroft returned later and promptly dropped his next target. The third-year tight end had a career day against the Browns in Week 4 (six catches, 68 yards, two touchdowns) and will look to repeat that performance when he faces them again in Week 12.
Nov 19 - 9:13 PM

Alex Erickson pulled in two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Erickson beat Bradley Roby for his first career touchdown on a 29-yard strike from Andy Dalton during the second quarter. The 42 yards were his most since Week 2 when he went for a career-high 62 yards in a loss to Houston. Despite Sunday’s success, the second-year wideout remains well off the fantasy radar.
Nov 19 - 9:12 PM

Bengals declared CB Adam Jones, CB William Jackson III, LB Kevin Minter, OL Alex Redmond, WR John Ross, DT Josh Tupuo and OL Christian Westerman inactive for Week 11 against the Broncos.

Jones didn't practice this week and remains in the league's concussion protocol. First-round rookie John Ross will be a healthy scratch after receiving criticism from coach Marvin Lewis for quitting on a route in last week's loss to Tennessee. Brandon LaFell (knee) is active for Cincinnati.
Nov 19 - 2:58 PM

Tyler Eifert (back, injured reserve) recently underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his knee.

Eifert is on injured reserve because of a lingering back injury which required a third surgery October, but he also was dealing with a knee issue earlier this year. The tight end will hope the procedures fix both issues, but this is yet another injury question mark as Eifert heads into free agency this spring. Despite his proven ability to score touchdowns, he will likely have to settle for a prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN
Nov 18 - 12:49 PM

Brandon LaFell (knee) is questionable for Week 11 against the Broncos.

He practiced fully Friday, so LaFell should be out there. Coming off his best game of the season, LaFell isn't a recommended fantasy play in Denver.
Nov 17 - 12:43 PM

Bengals CB Adam Jones (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

He also sat out Wednesday, making it unlikely Jones will suit up this week. William Jackson (toe), who returned to practice Thursday, will likely get the start with Jones sidelined.
Nov 16 - 12:05 PM

Brandon LaFell (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

He was "limited." It puts LaFell on track to play, but even coming off a breakout game he will not be a fantasy option in Denver.
Nov 16 - 11:40 AM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called out first-round WR John Ross for quitting on a route Week 10 against the Titans.

Ross slowed down on a deep route down the sideline because he thought the ball was going elsewhere, but Andy Dalton sent it his way. Ross could not catch up, and it fell incomplete. "John had a play last week we weren’t very thrilled with," Lewis said. "He let his teammates down. He let me down. He let Andy down." Those are strong words which punctuate what has been a disappointing first season for the rookie speedster. A healthy scratch Week 9, it would not be surprising if Ross is headed toward the same fate this weekend.
Nov 16 - 9:17 AM

Brandon LaFell (knee) is not practicing Wednesday.

LaFell had a knee issue back in Week 4 but played through it. He's coming off a 6-95-1 game against the Titans for his first 50-yard game of the year. LaFell won't be a recommended play this week against Denver.
Nov 15 - 3:49 PM

Bengals signed RB Brian Hill.

LB Hardy Nickerson was waived in a corresponding roster move. Hill had been on the Falcons' practice squad. With Jeremy Hill joining Cedric Peerman on injured reserve, Hill should immediately slot in as the Bengals' No. 3 running back. Hill was the No. 156 overall pick of the draft, and is a power back in Hill's mold.
Nov 14 - 4:22 PM

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