Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/10/17DBGeorge IlokaShoulderQUESTIONABLEIloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

(Updated 02/09/2017)
02/08/17DLAndrew BillingsKnee - MeniscusQUESTIONABLEBillings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."

Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko an unrestricted free agent.

(Updated 02/08/2017)
01/25/17RBGiovani BernardKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEBernard (knee) will miss organized team activities this spring and potentially the start of training camp, but there's optimism that he'll be ready for the 2017 season opener, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Bernard was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Cincinnati's Week 10 game against the Bills in November. While that resulted in him having surgery and missing the final six games of this season, Bernard was back in the Bengals weight room last week working on his recovery. Given the timetable of his rehabilitation, Bernard was never expected to be ready to participate in spring workouts, but it's good to hear a return by the time the 2017 regular season rolls around isn't out of the question. Knowing that, it'll be important to track Bernard's progress over the coming months before shaping expectations of him for next season.

(Updated 01/13/2017)
01/25/17DBChykie BrownAnkleQUESTIONABLEBrown (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Brown injured his ankle Sunday against Baltimore and went in for an MRI on Monday. Obviously, Brown didn't get the results he was hoping for. His season is over.

(Updated 11/28/2016)
01/25/17TETyler EifertBackQUESTIONABLEEifert (back) is on track to be ready for organized teams activities in late May, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Eifert missed the first six weeks of this season after tearing ankle ligaments in last year's Pro Bowl, and then missed Cincinnati's final two tilts after being placed on injured reserve with a back problem. Although he caught 29 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns in his eight appearances, Eifert's injuries have derailed his stock over the past year, so him returning to health is imperative ahead of next season. Should that indeed occur during this spring, Eifert could resurface as a top fantasy tight end in 2017.

(Updated 01/13/2017)
01/25/17WRA.J. GreenHamstringQUESTIONABLEGreen (hamstring) is anticipated to be ready when Cincinnati's voluntary workouts begin in late May, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Green's torn hamstring kept him out of Cincinnati's final six games of this season and will prevent him from participating in this month's Pro Bowl. However, with plenty of time before the team reconvenes for voluntary workouts, Green should be healthy once the Bengals begin their preparations for the 2017 campaign. A full return this spring would ensure Green, who totaled 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games, remains an elite option at his position ahead of next season.

(Updated 01/13/2017)
01/25/17DLMarcus HardisonShoulderQUESTIONABLEHardison was placed on season ending IR due to a shoulder injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hardison's shoulder injury is unclear at this point but it must be fairly severe given he's been shut down for the year. He was likely just a depth lineman for the Bengals and his absence shouldn't be expected to have a large impact on the team.

(Updated 09/04/2016)
01/25/17DBWilliam JacksonPectoralQUESTIONABLEJackson (pectoral) is expected to be full-go for spring workouts, Cincinnati.com reports.

Jackson lost his rookie season to a pectoral tear suffered in practice last August but appears to have recovered nicely. In fact, the Bengals had plans to activate the cornerback from injured reserve before RB Giovani Bernard (knee - ACL) went down in November, prompting the team to change course and use its sole 'Designated for Return' tag on RB Cedric Peerman instead. Since Jackson had come this close to playing, it appears he could already be fully healthy. Thus, it comes as little surprise that he's expected back for spring workouts in April. With No. 1 CB Dre Kirkpatrick an unrestricted free agent and starting complement Adam Jones potentially facing legal discipline, those workouts could be the starting point for Jackson's quest to claim a first-string role in 2017.

(Updated 02/08/2017)
01/25/17DLBrandon ThompsonKneeQUESTIONABLEThompson (knee) was not activated off the PUP list on Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Thompson, who tore his ACL during the 2015 regular season finale, had returned to practice in late November with hopes of eventually being activated, but as the deadline passed Wednesday such an event won't be the case. Pat Sims and DeShawn Williams will continue to provide depth behind Geno Atkins and Domata Peko at defensive tackle.

(Updated 12/14/2016)
01/02/17LBVontaze BurfictConcussionQUESTIONABLEBurfict (knee/concussion) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens.

Burfict will take a seat for the second straight game after failing to appear on the practice field once again this week. Look for Nick Virgil, who logged two solo tackles in Week 16, to draw the start at linebacker.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
01/02/17RBJeremy HillKneeQUESTIONABLEHill rushed 222 times for 839 yards and nine touchdowns, while catching 21 passes (on 27 targets) for 174 yards in 15 games played this season.

Hill, a second-round pick in 2014, has scored at least nine touchdowns in each of his three professional seasons. Although that's made him an impactful fantasy commodity, Hill has been wildly inefficient since his rookie campaign. Compared to his 5.1 yards per carry that year, Hill has averaged just 3.7 yards since, and topped 4.0 yards per rush in only three games this season. He also had nine games of under 50 rushing yards, despite teammate Giovani Bernard (knee) landing on injured reserve in November. As a result of Bernard rehabbing from that ailment and the inconsistent Hill entering the final year of his rookie contract, the Bengals could address their running back options in some fashion this offseason, Cincinnati.com reports. That could give the 24-year-old Hill more incentive to prove his worth, but could also factor into his workload if he continues to frustrate with his performances.

(Updated 01/13/2017)
01/02/17TETyler KroftKneeQUESTIONABLEKroft (knee/ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens.

Kroft did not make it onto the practice field this week, leaving him with a "doubtful" designation for the regular season finale. With Tyler Eifert (back) on IR, look for C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt to handle the tight end snaps.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
 

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