The Bengals signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor after he performed well on a tryout basis at the weekend's minicamp. Pryor last appeared in a game in 2013. The Bengals also signed seventh-round draft pick Mario Alford and undrafted free agents Erick Dargan, Kalafitoni Pole and John Peters. Tight end Kevin Brock was released.
The Bengals wide receivers and tight ends combined for just seven catches and 75 yards in the team's 26-10 Wild Card loss to the Colts, with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu recording three catches for 31 yards. With top wideout A.J. Green inactive Sunday, Sanu was the only Bengals receiver to make a catch in the game, racking up his three receptions on seven targets. Brandon Tate was targeted five times, Cobi Hamilton saw two targets and Greg Little was targeted once, but none of the three managed to record a catch. Tight end Kevin Brock drew the start in place of Jermaine Gresham and caught just one pass for seven years. Rookie tight end Ryan Hewitt caught three of his five targets for 37 yards. Nobody on the Bengals was able to crack 50 receiving yards, with running back Giovani Bernard leading the way with 46 yards on eight receptions.
Several Bengals skill position players chipped into the lopsided victory Sunday in Cleveland. The most significant was running back Rex Burkhead, who scored his first career touchdown, a 10-yard bolt up the middle to put the cherry on top late in the fourth quarter. Another strong contributor was tight end Ryan Hewitt, who caught three passes for 34 yards. Wideout Mohamed Sanu added a catch for four yards while tight end Kevin Brock snagged one for two yards.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) and all the team's other probables are active for Sunday's Week 8 matchup against the Ravens. Bernard wasn't in danger of missing this critical matchup with the division-leading Ravens. The defense will be without Rey Maualuga, but linebackers Vontaze Burfict (neck) and Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), cornerback Leon Hall (back) and defensive ends Robert Geathers (toe) and Wallace Gilberry (eye) are all active. Offensive linemen Andre Smith (shoulder), Mike Pollak (knee) and Marshall Newhouse (back) are also active, as is tight end Kevin Brock (neck).
Outside of A.J. Green and Rey Maualuga, the Bengals enter Week 8 at home against Baltimore relatively healthy despite having 14 players on the final injury report for Sunday's game. Green (toe) was ruled doubtful, while Rey Maualuga (hamstring) was officially ruled out. Brandon Thompson (knee) was limited in practice and questionable. Meanwhile, the following players were labeled probable for the Bengals: Giovani Bernard (ribs), Kevin Brock (neck), Vontaze Burfict (neck), Robert Geathers (toe), Wallace Gilberry (eye), Leon Hall (back), Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), Marshall Newhouse (back), Mike Pollak (knee) and Andre Smith (shoulder).
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