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  • Cincinnati Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/31/16WRA.J. GreenQuadricepsQUESTIONABLEJones (knee) said he is not at all worried about the injury that caused him to leave Sunday's preseason game against the Jaguars, according to NBC's broadcast of the game.

    Green merely banged knees with a defensive back, and he actually stayed in the game for one more play. Though limping at first and clearly in some pain, Green never went back to the locker room for evaluation and was shown walking around on the sidelines. It was already reported that he would have stayed in the contest if it had been a regular-season game. Green finished the brief appearance with one catch for five yards on two targets.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/29/16RBCedric PeermanElbowOUTPeerman suffered a left forearm fracture in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals, ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports.

    Valued in large part for his special teams contribution, Peerman may now be placed on injured reserve. In his absence, Bronson Hill worked as the No. 3 running back behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/28/16DBAdam JonesCalfQUESTIONABLEWhen asked if he will be ready for Week 1's matchup with the Jets, Jones (calf) responded, "100 percent for New York. 100 percent."

    Jones strained his calf during warmups before Sunday's preseason loss to the Jaguars, sidelining him for the game. "When I back-pedaled I didn't feel a pull, I just felt pain. It loosened up as I was going," Jones explained Monday. "I was trying to go back out and Coach (Marvin) Lewis said, 'No way.' Yeah, if it was the regular season I would have played." Look for Jones to rest for the final preseason game against the Colts on Thursday in order to nurse his calf a little more before the season gets underway.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/25/16TETyler KroftKneeQUESTIONABLEKroft (knee) participated in some rehab exercises during Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

    Kroft originally pegged Week 1 as a target for his return, but given the nature of knee sprains, it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't ready by then. As a rookie last season, Kroft helped fill the void during Tyler Eifert's absence. It remains to be seen what role, if any, Kroft will have in Cincinnati's offense once he's back to 100 percent on the gridiron.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
    08/17/16WRMario AlfordAnkleQUESTIONABLEAlford (ankle) was released by the Bengals on Tuesday, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    A 2015 seventh-round selection, Alford spent the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad, and he was battling for one of the final roster spots prior to suffering an ankle injury at training camp. Released with an injury designation, he could land back on the Cincinnati practice squad or roster once he's healthy. With Brandon Tate also released Tuesday, everything points to undrafted rookie Alex Erickson making the final roster.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/03/16DBCorey TindalConcussionPROBABLETindal was hit over the head and robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday morning, Paul Dehner of the Enquirer reports.

    The only injuries Tindal suffered were those from when he was hit over the head with a bottle. He may have suffered a small concussion, but he's scheduled to report as planned to training camp on July 26.

    (Updated 07/13/2016)
    07/29/16LBVontaze BurfictSuspensionSUSPENDIn a media luncheon on Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed, "I am not going to play Vontaze Burfict in the preseason," Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.

    Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the regular season but is still eligible to play in the preseason by league rules. However, Lewis would rather play it safe and keep his star linebacker on the sidelines, keeping him safe from injuries and any on-the-field issue that could extend his suspension. Lewis said, "There's no reason for us to risk him getting hurt. It's hard because he's so competitive we have to continue to hold him back. One day he gets it the next day he wants to fight me on it. That's it. There's no reason to expose him to injury because he's too valuable." With Burfict out of the rotation, more reps will be allocated to young Bengals' linebackers.

    (Updated 08/11/2016)
    07/29/16LBRey MaualugaUndisclosedPROBABLEMaualuga (undisclosed) was cleared to practice Friday.

    Maualuga was placed on the active/non-football injury list earlier in the week due to an undisclosed issue, but he's already been cleared to return to the field. At this point there appears to be little concern regarding the starting middle linebacker's status moving forward.

    (Updated 07/29/2016)
    Buffalo Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/30/16WRMarquise GoodwinConcussionPROBABLEGoodwin returned to the practice Monday on an individual basis, the first time he's practiced since suffering his concussion on the final day of training camp a week ago, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It was cool," said Goodwin. "I didn't do much. I did individual (position drills) ran some routes and stuff. I'm just trying to bounce back and get ready. I've just got to go through the protocol and take the steps that I need to make sure everything is cool and I respect that."

    Goodwin is still a few days away from full practices. The entire receiving depth chart is completely wide open after Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, so Goodwin and a handful of others could end up anywhere between the No. 3 spot and not making the team. It would help Goodwin's cause if he could get back for the final preseason game.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/30/16TEChris GraggKneeDOUBTFULGragg, who suffered a torn ACL during Friday's preseason loss at Washington, was waived/injured Tuesday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    The Bills can place Gragg on IR if he passes through waivers, which we assume they might be up for since he was coming on strong before the nasty injury.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/30/16DBNickell RobeyQuadricepsQUESTIONABLERobey-Coleman remains sidelined with a knee injury but expects to be back for Week 1 of the regular season, BuffaloBills.com reports.
    08/27/16DBJonathan DowlingKneeOUTDowling (knee) was waived/injured by the Bills on Tuesday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Dowling suffered a torn ACL during the Bills' preseason loss to the Redskins on Friday. He's a candidate to revert to the team's injured reserve list, provided he clears waivers.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/27/16WRWalt PowellUndisclosedPROBABLEPowell (undisclosed) did not suffer a serious injury and has a good shot make the final roster, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

    Powell starred in the second half of Friday's preseason game against Washington, catching five passes for 55 yards and adding three punt returns for 57 yards. He appeared to get shaken up on the final play of the game, but the Bills haven't diagnosed him with any injury. Although Reggie Bush is expected to return punts, Powell could make the team as a depth receiver and return man. The Buffalo wideout depth chart is up for grabs behind starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, with all of Powell, Greg Lewis, Greg Salas, Dez Lewis and Marquise Goodwin (concussion) vying for roles.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16RBJonathan WilliamsRibsPROBABLEWilliams will not play this week while he continues to deal with a rib injury, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.

    Williams left Friday's preseason matchup with a rib injury and despite original reports indicating he appeared fine after the game, he'll get the week off for further rest and recovery. The fifth-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft is expected to play in a depth role during the upcoming season behind the likes of LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and Mike Gillislee, so he could struggle to see a significant amount of snaps early in the season barring any injuries higher up on the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/24/16LBKevin ReddickKneeQUESTIONABLEReddick, who suffered a sprained MCL in practice Friday, was waived/injured by the Bills on Sunday.

    The Bills didn't have much choice here with several other linebackers injured and reinforcements needed. If Reddick clears injury waivers, the Bills can then either place the him on IR or agree to an injury settlement with him.

    (Updated 08/07/2016)
    08/23/16QBCardale JonesShoulderPROBABLEJones (shoulder) will be limited as he returns to practice on Monday.

    Jones has missed the past couple practices and also did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against Washington due to a sore shoulder. The coaching staff has yet to determine if the rookie will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, but will make a decision after monitoring him the next couple of days. The former Ohio State quarterback is competing with Austin Trainor for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/23/16WRGreg SalasHamstringPROBABLESalas (hamstring) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

    Salas will return to practice with an opportunity to work his way up the team's depth chart. He is currently looking up at Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. However, with both Dezmin Lewis and Greg Little closing closing the gap, Salas will need to prove his health to solidify his spot as a depth receiver in Buffalo.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    08/21/16RBMike GillisleeConcussionQUESTIONABLEGillislee remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Gillislee was in pads for Sunday's practice and participated in the media viewing portion, so we wouldn't be surprised if he returns to practice fully this week. He still has a decent chance of landing the No. 2 running back job behind LeSean McCoy.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/17/16DLMarcell DareusSuspensionSUSPENDDareus (suspension) has opted to leave the Bills in order to receive treatment. "After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility," he said in a statement. "I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process."

    Earlier this week, Dareus received his second suspension for a violation of the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Among other issues in his personal life, he'll extend his time away from the team with the aim of getting on the straight and narrow. If the defensive tackle indeed comes back to the Bills with a different state of mind, his pass-rushing prowess will be valuable, as he's notched 31.5 sacks in 78 career games.

    (Updated 08/20/2016)
    08/16/16LBManny LawsonPectoralQUESTIONABLELawson (pectoral) may be facing a one-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.

    The nature of Lawson's offense is unclear, as violations of the NFL's domestic violence policy are supposed to result in a minimum suspension of six games. The veteran outside linebacker was just activated from the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, after tearing his pectoral while lifting weights in the offseason. Between injuries and suspensions, the Buffalo front seven is already looking severely depleted.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/15/16TEJim DrayAnklePROBABLEDray (ankle) was fully dressed Monday and returned to practice, Jon Buscaglia of WKBW reports.

    Dray was not active during Saturday's preseason opener against the Colts after suffering from the ankle injury over the week ago, but his turn around has been quick and it looks like he should be good to go for practice this week, barring a setback. He'll continue to compete for the backup tight end job behind Charles Clay.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    08/12/16DBAaron WilliamsHeadQUESTIONABLEWilliams remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    As long as Williams can get back to practice later this week or next week, he'll be the team's Week 1 starter at safety. That said, he's coming off a serious neck injury, so a little more time and hitting this preseason might have proven helpful.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/11/16DBSterling MooreConcussionQUESTIONABLEMoore is in the concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head during a two-minute drill during Wednesday' practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Moore is trying to land a roster spot as a reserve cornerback, but based on his depth chart slotting when that came out earlier this week, he may be on the outside looking in.

    (Updated 08/10/2016)
    08/04/16LBJamari LattimoreNoseQUESTIONABLELattimore broke his nose during a walk-through and has missed Buffalo's last few days of practice.

    Lattimore's injury was described as a freak accident by head coach Rex Ryan. Fellow linebacker Randell Johnson slipped and fell backwards, kicking Lattimore in the face in the process. Currently, Lattimore is without a time table to return and is considered day-to-day. Kevin Reddick will likely continue to see added reps until Lattimore returns.

    (Updated 08/04/2016)
    07/29/16WRKolby ListenbeePelvisOUTListenbee, still recovering from double hernia surgery, was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Listenbee will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. The Bills have a major logjam at wide receiver and with some tough roster decisions to make may just stash the speedy Listenbee away for the bulk of the season, then work on his upside once he's fully healthy and more prepared for action.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    06/15/16DLJerry HughesIllnessPROBABLEHughes finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games for the fourth straight season, while seeing action on 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps.

    Hughes picked up 67 points in standard IDP scoring after putting up 90 the previous season, and that's mostly due to the drop in sacks. If your league counts passes defensed, he closed that gap a bit. In truth, almost every member of the Bills' defensive line struggled with Rex Ryan's new system, and there's little reason Hughes can't get back to double-digit sacks in 2016 as his familiarity in a complex scheme grows. Hughes also took some dumb penalties in 2015, and it won't sit well with the coaching staff if he doesn't clean that up permanently.

    (Updated 01/13/2016)
 
 
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