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Bengals placed LB Malik Jefferson (foot) on injured reserve.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jefferson only played 12 defensive snaps this season after being selected with the No. 78 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The rookie showed 89th-percentile SPARQ athleticism at the combine but missed tackles and struggled in pass coverage at Texas. This is not a good start to his young career. The Bengals will replace Jefferson's roster spot with LB Chris Worley.
Dec 18 - 2:51 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Tyler Boyd suffered a "low-grade MCL sprain" Week 15 against the Raiders.

Sprains usually knock players out at least a couple weeks, meaning there is a good chance Boyd has played his final snaps this season. Even if that is true, 2018 has to go down as a good year for the former second rounder. Boyd set new career-highs across the board with 76 catches for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns and was serviceable as the Bengals' No. 1 option when A.J. Green was sidelined. With Boyd now out as well, the Bengals will turn to some combination of John Ross, Cody Core, and Alex Erickson. This is a situation to avoid in Week 16.
Dec 17 - 10:56 AM

John Ross caught 1-of-5 targets for six yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Raiders.

Ross was wide open early in the game for a long touchdown, but was horribly underthrown for an interception. Ross has now corralled just 12-of-32 targets over his past six games played and has managed just 30 yards receiving over the past three weeks. The Bengals head to Cleveland in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 4:38 PM

C.J. Uzomah caught 1-of-5 targets for 27 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Raiders.

Uzomah's five targets matched Tyler Boyd for the most on the team and his 27 yards were the second-most. That's about as positive as it gets for Uzomah, who has nine catches for 97 yards over his three games with Jeff Driskel under center. If Boyd is unable to play versus Cleveland in Week 16, Uzomah could push for more targets, but is not a viable fantasy option.
Dec 16 - 4:33 PM

Jeff Driskel completed 15-of-34 passes for 130 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Raiders.

Driskel also added 32 yards rushing. He was inaccurate all game, but really struggled to connect with anybody outside of Tyler Boyd, who left the game after just one half. Driskel completed 4-of-5 passes with a touchdown to Boyd, but just 11-of-30 passes to all other Bengals players. Driskel is not an option in Week 16 when the Bengals visit the Browns.
Dec 16 - 4:28 PM

Joe Mixon rushed 27 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns while catching two passes for one yard in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Raiders.

Mixon was bottled up for most of the afternoon, but was able to stack rushing volume through the Bengals controlling the game and then delivered two long runs. After a slow start, Mixon had a career-long 47-yard weaving run down the right sideline in the second quarter which set up his own 1-yard touchdown plunge to put the Bengals up 14-0. Mixon then added a second rushing score on a 15-yard toss of the right side with four minutes left in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Mixon is just five rushing yards short of 1,000-yards on the season, which he will surely reach next week on the road against the Browns.
Dec 16 - 4:22 PM

Tyler Boyd suffered a right knee injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's Week 15 game versus the Raiders.

Boyd suffered the injury in the first half blocking, but was able to play through it, catching 4-of-5 targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the first half. After coming out the first drive in the second half, Boyd was removed from the game. In a lost season for the Bengals, Boyd has been a bright spot. With his 38 yards in the opening half, Boyd crossed the 1,000-receiving mark after tallying just 828 receiving yards over his first two seasons. Boyd's status will be in question when the Bengals face the Browns in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 3:03 PM

Bengales declared LB Vontaze Burfict, CB KeiVarae Russell, CB Devontae Harris, OL Cedric Ogbuehi, WR Josh Malone, TE Jordan Franks, and DE Kasim Edebali inactive for Sunday's Week 15 game against the Raiders.

Burfict will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion that he suffered in Week 13. Hardy Nickerson will start at ILB in place for Burfict for the second straight game.
Dec 16 - 11:35 AM

Bengals LT Cordy Glenn (back) is questionable for Week 15 against the Raiders.

Glenn was limited on Friday, which at the least gives him a chance to play. His presence would boost Joe Mixon's stock on Sunday as the second-year back already has a tasty RB1-worthy matchup on paper against Oakland's tanking run defense.
Dec 14 - 12:47 PM

John Ross caught 2-of-4 targets for 11 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Chargers.

Ross was wide open for a five-yard touchdown, the lone passing score of the day for Jeff Driskel. Ross pops up for random short touchdowns here and there but hasn't topped 31 yards the last four weeks. He's a WR5/6.
Dec 9 - 8:38 PM

C.J. Uzomah caught all three of his targets for 37 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Chargers.

The 37 yards were actually second on the team to Tyler Boyd's 52 on a day Jeff Driskel threw for just 170 yards. Uzomah will be a stream-worthy TE1 next week at home against a Raiders defense that is bad in every category.
Dec 9 - 8:35 PM

Tyler Boyd caught 3-of-6 targets for 52 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Chargers.

The six targets tied Joe Mixon for the team lead, while the yards paced the club. Boyd had struggled badly without A.J. Green in the lineup. He has a nice Week 15 matchup against the Raiders in Cincinnati, but Jeff Driskel being at quarterback makes Boyd a mere low-floor WR3.
Dec 9 - 8:18 PM

Jeff Driskel completed 18-of-27 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Chargers.

Driskel appeared to also have a rushing touchdown, but it was eventually called back on a questionable reversal. The Bengals then false-started on the next play from the one-yard line and kicked a field goal. Driskel had 12 rushing yards total. Driskel's one score was thrown to a wide-open John Ross from six yards out. Driskel will be a QB2 next week against Oakland.
Dec 9 - 7:58 PM

Joe Mixon rushed 26 times for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' 26-21, Week 14 loss to the Chargers, adding five catches for 27 yards on six targets.

Plain and simple, Mixon was the offense. The Bengals were able to hang around in this one all day long because Mixon was fighting hard for yards on every touch. He finally found the end zone with 1:50 left to play from one yard out on his 31st touch of the day. Mixon will be an RB1 next week in a cake spot at home against the Raiders in a game the Bengals should have a shot to win.
Dec 9 - 7:06 PM

Bengals declared WR Josh Malone, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Tony McRae, WLB Vontaze Burfict, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, LT Cordy Glenn, and DE Kasim Edebali inactive for Week 14 against the Chargers.

Malone has a hamstring injury. Glenn remains out with his back issue.
Dec 9 - 2:34 PM


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