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Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense15th112.8 (13th)245.2 (15th)
Defense11th92.3 (6th)248.5 (19th)
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15Alford, Mario WR5-91802/25/1992RWest Virginia
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19886Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19913North Carolina
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19922North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19895Georgia
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12489/24/19904Arizona State
33Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19903Nebraska
93Clarke, Will DE6-62915/4/19912West Virginia
14Dalton, Andy QB6-221610/29/19875Texas Christian
47Dawson, P.J. OLB6-02401/13/1993RTexas Christian
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19896Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62509/8/19903Notre Dame
44Fisher, Jake T6-63068/16/1993ROregon
95Gilberry, Wallace DE6-227012/5/19848Alabama
18Green, A.J. WR6-42077/31/19885Georgia
29Hall, Leon CB5-1119512/9/19849Michigan
91Hardison, Marcus DT6-33152/14/1992RArizona State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19847Rutgers
50Hawk, A.J. OLB6-12401/6/198410Ohio State
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42541/24/19912Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19922Louisiana State
10Huber, Kevin P6-12147/16/19857Cincinnati
99Hunt, Margus DE6-82907/14/19873Southern Methodist
43Iloka, George SS6-42253/31/19904Boise State
60Johnson, T.J. C6-43007/17/19902South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72802/7/19877Georgia Tech
82Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19904California
24Jones, Adam CB5-101809/30/19839West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-219010/26/19894Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-524610/15/1992RRutgers
37Lewis-Harris, Chris CB5-101862/11/19893Tennessee-Chattanooga
58Maualuga, Rey MLB6-22551/20/19877USC
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32109/13/19901Alabama
20Nelson, Reggie FS5-112109/21/19839Florida
2Nugent, Mike K5-101903/2/198211Ohio State
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53064/25/1992RTexas A&M
30Peerman, Cedric RB5-1021210/10/19866Virginia
94Peko, Domata DT6-332511/27/198410Michigan State
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02559/6/19875Duke
52Roach, Trevor LB6-22373/6/1992RNebraska
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19894Rutgers
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12013/27/1992RUSC
92Sims, Pat DT6-234011/29/19858Auburn
71Smith, Andre T6-43251/25/19877Alabama
40Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/1992RFresno State
19Tate, Brandon WR6-119510/5/19877North Carolina
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62711/14/1993RAuburn
3Wenning, Keith QB6-22232/14/19911Ball State
77Whitworth, Andrew T6-733012/12/198110Louisiana State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19913Georgia
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/1992RClemson
73Winston, Eric T6-730211/17/19839Miami (Fla.)
68Zeitler, Kevin G6-43153/8/19904Wisconsin
Injured Players
21Dennard, Darqueze (IR) CB5-1119710/10/19912Michigan State
53Flowers, Marquis (IR) OLB6-32402/16/19922Arizona
59Lamur, Emmanuel (IR) OLB6-42456/8/19894Kansas State
98Thompson, Brandon (IR) DT6-230510/19/19894Clemson
86Wright, James (IR) WR6-120112/31/19912Louisiana State
Practice Squad
 Bennett, Michael WR6-320212/19/1991RGeorgia
 DiManche, Jayson LB6-12449/22/19903Southern Illinois
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
 Jackson, Asa DB5-1018312/2/19894Cal Poly-S.L.O.
 Kafka, Mike QB6-32307/25/19874Northwestern
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-51952/17/1992RWis.-Whitewater
88Lengel, Matt TE6-827212/27/1990REastern Kentucky
31Watson, Terrell RB6-12428/22/1993RAzusa Pacific
34Wilder Jr., James RB6-32324/14/19921Florida State
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
The Bengals re-signed running back Cedric Peerman on Thursday, the team announced.

Peerman has spent the last five seasons with the Bengals. In 2014, he carried the ball 15 times for 43 rushing yards.

Mario Alford
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. 

Mohamed Sanu
Sanu secured three of five targets for 17 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers.

The fourth-year pro had a quiet game as the Bengals' third wideout option, a fitting end to a season that saw his passing game role deemphasized with the return of teammate Marvin Jones to full health. Sanu tallied a solid 56 receptions on 98 targets in 2014 while Jones sat out the season with foot and ankle injuries, but those numbers fell to 33 and 50, respectively, in 2015. Sanu also failed to get into the end zone all season, and with his rookie contract now expired, may have played his last game in a Bengals uniform.

Ryan Hewitt
Hewitt (knee) sat out practice again Wednesday, Local 12 in Cincinnati reports.

Hewitt sat out last week against the Ravens, and with Tyler Eifert at full strength again he's unlikely to make an impact. He ended the season with just eight catches for 99 yards, with no touchdowns.

Asa Jackson
Jackson was signed by the Ravens on Tuesday.

Selected by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson was suspended twice during his first stint in Baltimore, and he failed to make the final roster this year. With the team once again desperate for help at cornerback, Jackson might actually see the field in Week 6. He's shown some promise as a return man, but his work as a cornerback has been far from impressive.

Reggie Nelson
The Bengals secondary lost both of their coaches, Vance Joseph and Mark Carrier, to other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Nelson, who left the Bengals' playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury, thrived in 2015 under the two coaches, racking up eight interceptions and 77 tackles.

Domata Peko
Peko sustained a right ankle injury as is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Bengals, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reports.

It's unclear when Peko might have sustained the injury, but more information regarding the severity of the injury should be available after the game.

P.J. Dawson
No Updates
Josh Shaw
Shaw, who had played only four snaps from the line of scrimmage prior to Sunday night, was required to play 17 snaps against the Cardinals after Darqueze Dennard was forced from the game, Bengals.com reports.

The Bengals are down two corners, with Dennard out for the season, and Adam Jones battling a foot injury. Shaw played the slot Sunday night, with Leon Hall moving back to the outside.

Cedric Ogbuehi
In addition to the moves the Bengals made Monday, most notably releasing receiver Denarius Moore, the team cut seven more players to get down to the 75-man limit, per ESPN.com. 

The team released WR Desmond Lawrence, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kwame Geathers, DE Sam Montgomery, OG Chris Jasperse, TE John Peters and WR Tevin Reese

The team put FB Mark Weisman and WR Onterio McCalebb on the waived/injured list, LB Sean Porter on the reserve/PUP list and OT Cedric Ogbuehi on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Andre Smith
Bengals starting right tackle Andre Smith will be limited this spring and won't participate in team drills, but he'll be ready for training camp, reports the team's website. Smith, 28, is coming back from a torn triceps that limited him to nine games last season.
Rey Maualuga
Maualuga (calf) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Texans.

Maualuga is out there if you need him Monday and once his health is re-established he'll be worth a look in deeper IDP formats, having recorded 39 tackles in seven games to date.

Trevor Roach
No Updates
Geno Atkins
Atkins had a sack in the Bengals' first-round playoff loss to the Steelers, capping off a big rebound season.

In addition to the playoff sack, Atkins had 11 sacks in the regular season, second only to his big breakout season in 2012 where he had 12.5 sacks. The Bengals are still well-equipped to have a great pass rush in 2016, with Atkins and Carlos Dunlap leading the way.

A.J. Green
Green secured five of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card playoff loss to the Steelers.

The Pro Bowl receiver salvaged a frustrating night with what at the time appeared to be a game-winning 25-yard strike from A.J. McCarron. Green and McCarron otherwise had some trouble getting in synch under the game's adverse weather conditions, and it resulted in Green's first game under 100 yards receiving in three meetings with the Steelers this season. Despite not having the benefit of Andy Dalton throwing him the ball during the last four games of the 2015 campaign, Green finished with an outstanding 86 receptions for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Clint Boling
The Bengals have re-signed guard Clint Boling to a five-year, $26 million deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Wednesday. He's due to make approximately $5 million per season. Boling started all 16 games for Cincinnati in 2014 and has started 47 of a possible 64 games in his four seasons with the team.
Pat Sims
The Bengals signed veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims, the team announced on Thursday. 

Sims returns to the Bengals after spending the past two years in Oakland. Sims was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft by Cincinnati and spent his first years with the Bengals. 

Sims recorded 25 tackles and one pass deflections in 2014. He started two of the 16 games he appeared in. He started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2013, posting 54 tackles and two sacks. 

A.J. Hawk
The Bengals have agreed to a two-year deal with linebacker A.J. Hawk, per his agent.

Hawk was released by the Packers in February with a failed physical designation. The team was interested in bringing him back, and the Vikings were also reported to have interest. Hawk will be playing for his hometown team, as the linebacker was born in nearby Kettering and went to college at Ohio State.

Mike Kafka
The Vikings announced Thursday they waived quarterback Pat Devlin. They also announced the signings of quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive end Caesar Rayford.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Trey Hopkins
The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.

The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Wallace Gilberry
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) is active for Sunday's regular-season finale agains the Steelers after being listed as probable on the final injury report for Week 17.

The Bengals will also have five other probable players active for the game, including guard Clint Boling (illness), kicker Mike Nugent (illness), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (hamstring), linebacker Chris Carter (knee) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (shin).

Four of the team's six questionable players are also active in Week 17, including cornerbacks Adam Jones (illness) and Chris Lewis-Harris (illness), safety Reggie Nelson (illness) and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring).

Cincinnati is a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh in Week 17.

Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick left the Bengals' season-ending playoff loss to the Steelers with a quad injury. He'll also have to adjust to life without both secondary coaches, who left to join other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals are losing a lot of their continuity, having lost Hue Jackson to the Browns as well. Kirkpatrick had a rough season, frequently being picked on a lot by opposing quarterbacks without recording any interceptions. He did have 70 tackles and 16 passes defensed, but a lot of that is based on volume being targeted so frequently.

Matt Lengel
No Updates
T.J. Johnson
The Bengals have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 matchup with the Steelers: cornerback Terence Newman (illness), wide receivers James Wright (knee) and Greg Little, quarterback AJ McCarron , guard T.J. Johnson, tackle Tanner Hawkinson and defensive tackle Devon Still.

Newman and Wright were both listed as questionable to play in the regular-season finale. The team will have four other questionables available to play against the Steelers.

Cincinnat is a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh in Week 17.

Brandon Tate
Tate (illness) is active Sunday against the Bills.

Tate missed Wednesday's practice due to illness, but was able to return in full for the rest of the week. With a position group that is at full strength, look for Tate to be primarily used on special teams in the Week 6 contest.

Darqueze Dennard
Dennard expects to be available for 2016 training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery sometime in the next couple of weeks, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Dennard hasn't made much of an impact during his two years in the league but appeared to be turning a corner shortly before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last week. While he's expected to make a full recovery, it seems likely that he'll be in store for another ancillary role on the Bengals' defense next season.

Mike Nugent
Nugent converted 23 of 28 field-goals and 48 of 40 extra points for a total of 117 points on the season.

Nugent had another solid season for the Bengals, with a field-goal percentage of 82.1, including a two of three mark from beyond the 50-yard line. He is under contract with the Bengals through the 2016-17 season.

Marvin Jones
Jones secured four of seven targets for 32 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers.

Jones' modest performance did feature one notable moment, a key fourth-down, nine-yard reception with 2:46 remaining that helped extend a drive that eventually culminated in an A.J. Green touchdown reception. After missing all of 2014 with foot and ankle injuries, Jones encouragingly played in all 16 games in 2015, tallying career highs of 65 receptions, 103 targets and 816 yards. While his red zone production experienced a downturn compared to a 2013 campaign where the fourth-year pro amassed 10 touchdowns, Jones served as an above-average complementary receiver for Andy Dalton this past season.

James Wilder Jr.
The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.

The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Vontaze Burfict
The NFL has suspended Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, the NFL reports.

Burfict has oscillated between brilliant and bone-headed during his four-year career, and Saturday's wild-card defeat to the Steelers was no exception. Although his strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger (a play in which the quarterback was knocked out until the final drive due to a shoulder injury) and interception of backup Landry Jones spurred the Bengals' comeback bid, he also committed a crucial unnecessary roughness penalty on Antonio Brown with 22 seconds remaining, which compounded with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Adam Jones to set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal. On a more serious note, Burfict has been flagged for 14 unnecessary roughness calls since he entered the professional ranks in 2012, seemingly necessitating Monday's action from the NFL. Pending an appeal, he'll begin the suspension in Week 1 of next season.

Suspension - 3-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 4 of 2016 season
Rex Burkhead
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard recorded team highs in receiving Sunday with eight receptions for 46 yards in his team's 26-10 loss to the Colts in the Wild Card round.

The Bengals were without their top two receiving threats, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, for the first-round playoff game, and their solution was for the offense to feature three running backs, with Bernard teaming with Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead to receive 28 of the team's 35 non-QB touches. Bernard also added six rushing yards on three carries in the loss.

Burkhead drew the first two touches of the game, racking up 23 yards on an end-around on his only carry of the day and adding 34 yards on three receptions over the course of the game. He managed just 76 yards on 16 touches during the regular season.

James Wright
The Bengals announced a variety of roster moves Tuesday.

The team placed the following players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list: linebacker Vontaze Burfict, defensive end Margus Hunt and linebacker Sean Porter.

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, while wide receiver James Wright was waived under the Injured category.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Emmanuel Lamur
The Bengals re-signed restricted free-agent linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to a one-year tender offer Wednesday, the team announced.

The team had previously placed a second-round tender on Lamur. In 14 games during the 2014 season, Lamur recorded 91 tackles and two interceptions.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Brandon Thompson
All the Bengals who were probable or questionable on the injury report are active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The list includes linebacker Jayson DiManche (shoulder), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (illness), cornerback Terence Newman (back), defensive tackle Domata Peko (toe), guard Mike Pollak (knee), defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (knee) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (knee).
Knee - IR. Out for season
Jake Fisher
Despite the Bengals drafting two offensive tackles in this year's draft, Andrew Whitworth is not worried about his role on the team, reports Cincinnati.com

Whitworth, a nine-year veteran at left tackle, said he understands the business side of football and will mentor the new players. 

"How I do things as a captain and leader, I am not planning on doing just what everyone else does," Whitworth said. "I want to be above and beyond and more than the average guy in this locker room, and have and always will." 

The Bengals drafted Cedric Ogbuehi out of Texas A&M in the first round and Jake Fisher from Oregon in the second.

Chris Lewis-Harris
The Bengals will be without top wideout A.J. Green (concussion) and starting tight end Jermaine Gresham (back) for Sunday's playoff game at Indianapolis. They combined for 1,501 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.

Also inactive for Cincy are quarterback AJ McCarron, defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris, offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, defensive lineman Devon Still and wideout James Wright (knee).

Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.

Derron Smith
No Updates
Jeremy Hill
Hill gained 50 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, and secured three of four targets for 27 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. He also lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter.

The third-year pro made one of several fateful mistakes by the Bengals in the last two minutes of the game that led to them snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Hill was stripped by Ryan Shazier at the Steelers 20-yard line with 1:36 remaining and the Bengals attempting to run out the clock after a Vontaze Burfict interception of Landry Jones had appeared to seal the win. The 23-year-old received some extra playing time after fellow back Giovanni Bernard was knocked out of the contest with a concussion, and ran well in his opportunities against a stalwart Steelers run defense. Hill did have a less productive season than originally expected, but he and Bernard will head into the offseason as a generally effective running back tandem that will look to take their play to the next level in 2016.

Andrew Whitworth
Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth signed a one-year, $9 million contract extension with the Bengals on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Whitworth has been an excellent lineman with the Bengals for ages, so it's a nice reward as he delves deeper into the veteran portion of his career. A big winner in this is Andy Dalton, who hasn't been sacked by a Whitworth-guarded pass rusher since 2013.

Will Clarke
The Bengals have ruled the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 10 matchup against the Browns: running back Giovani Bernard (hip, clavicle), cornerback Leon Hall (concussion), linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Rey Maualuga (hamstring), offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle), wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and defensive end Will Clarke.

Hall and Burfict were ruled out on the team's final injury report, which also listed Bernard, Maualuga and Smith as doubtful to play. Jeremy Hill is expected to carry the load at running back with Bernard sidelined.

Eric Winston
Offensive tackle Eric Winston tweeted that he's returning to the Bengals. The 31-year-old started two games last year and projects as the backup to starters Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith, per Pro Football Talk.

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Tyler Eifert
Eifert has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Emerging from Sunday's Pro Bowl with a walking boot on his left foot, Eifert cleared an initial X-ray, and additional tests upon returning to Cincinnati revealed the nature of the injury. With a spell of rest, expect the tight end to participate in the entire offseason program.

Jake Kumerow
No Updates
Marquis Flowers
The Bengals announced middle linebacker Rey Maualuga won't return from the hamstring injury he suffered in the second quarter at Indianapolis. With Maualuga out, linebackers Marquis Flowers and Nico Johnson will see increased snaps.
Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Michael Bennett
No Updates
Terrell Watson
No Updates
Andy Dalton
Dalton (thumb) will move forward as the Bengals' starting quarterback next season under new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Dalton's fractured thumb will be a thing of the past next season, when he'll reclaim the Bengals' starting quarterback position under his former position coach, Zampese, who was promoted to offensive coordinator in light of Hue Jackson being hired as the Browns' head coach this week. Over the past five years, Zampese has helped develop Dalton into a much improved quarterback, evidenced by his multiple career-highs this season. continuity

Michael Johnson
Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had to be carted off the practice field Sunday after sustaining an apparent knee injury, reports NFL.com.

After the practice, coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson will be OK, but he still needs to be evaluated, according to ESPN.

Johnson produced four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games last season. He signed a four year, $14 million deal during the offseason.

Shawn Williams
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham and cornerback Adam Jones are listed as questionable on the team's final injury report for Week 15 against the Browns.Gresham, who injured his toe in Thursday's practice, did not practice Friday. 

Cornerback Terence Newman is also considered questionable. Margus Hunt and James Wright are listed as doubtful.

The following players are listed as probable for Sunday: Dre Kirkpatrick, Mike Nugent, Mike Pollak and Shawn Williams

C.J. Uzomah
The Bengals have signed fifth-round choice and tight end C.J. Uzomah.

Uzomah played in 49 games for Auburn and caught 29 passes for 435 yards and seven touchdowns.

Giovani Bernard
Bernard (concussion) exited the Bengals' Wild Card playoff loss to the Steelers with a concussion, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Bernard took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier that went unflagged, and that separated the Bengals tailback from the ball after he'd initially notched the reception. The 24-year-old is in the NFL concussion protocol as a result of the blow, and gained 28 yards on six carries before exiting the contest. He also secured two of his four targets for four yards.

AJ McCarron
McCarron completed 23 of 41 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. He also gained nine yards on five carries and had three fumbles, losing one and recovering one.

While the rookie's final stat line certainly looked respectable, McCarron had a diffcult time holding on to the football throughout the game. He fumbled on successive plays early in the second quarter, with the first miscue the result of a mishandled exchange and the second turnover caused by a Cameron Heyward sack. The third time McCarron was separated from the ball did result in a turnover, with defensive lineman Cam Thomas picking up the ball after it was jarred loose by Jarvis Jones. McCarron's interception came on a badly underthrown pass intended for Marvin Jones in the latter stages of the second quarter that was snagged by the Steelers' Antwan Blake. While the Alabama product certainly gave the Bengals reason for optimism in his four starts in Andy Dalton's stead to finish out the regular season, he was unable to come close to matching the efficiency he'd shown in his 280-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Pittsburgh in his first career start on Dec. 13. He misfired on multiple throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert under what admittedly adverse weather conditions, and was generally unable to exploit what had been a highly vulernable Steelers secondary. His clutch fourth-quarter touchdown pass to A.J. Green was a notable exception however, with McCarron rifling a bullet to Green at the Steelers' two-yard line that the star receiver was able to carry into the end zone. While Dalton's thumb should be at full health entering offseason workouts, McCarron undeniably gained invaluable experience with his stint of regular-season starts and one playoff game.

Marcus Hardison
No Updates
George Iloka
Iloka left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with a groin injury and is doubtful to return.

The Bengals have already dropped three starters in this game, but Iloka is the only one on the defensive side of the ball.

Adam Jones
Jones (foot) is active Sunday against the 49ers.

After putting in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday, Jones practiced in full on Friday. He'll mix in at right cornerback in addition to returning kicks for the Bengals.

Leon Hall
Hall (back) is active Sunday against the 49ers.

After missing practice on Wednesday, Hall put in a limited practice on Thursday before putting in a full session on Friday. On the season, the Bengals right cornerback has 40 tackles to go with two interceptions.

Keith Wenning
With Andy Dalton still out, Wenning continues to serve as AJ McCarron's backup as Sunday's regular season finale against the Ravens approaches.

Wenning, who was promoted to the Bengals' active roster on Dec. 16, is thus a McCarron (left wrist) injury setback away from seeing his first NFL regular season action. Whether he remains the team's backup QB once the postseason begins hinges on the status of Dalton, who is slated to have his balky right thumb examined Monday.

DeShawn Williams
No Updates
Margus Hunt
Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt has passed his preseason physical and has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced. Hunt was placed on the PUP list to begin the season with an ankle injury he dealt with last season.

"It was a lot better progress from what I thought and what they thought as far as how far along I was," Hunt said. "The conditioning tests [last Thursday], I was fully capable of doing that. There were no setbacks."

The third-year player has 10 total tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 22 career games.

Kevin Huber
The Bengals have moved seven players -- defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, guard Clint Boling, punter Kevin Huber, receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, guard Mike Pollak and cornerback Leon Hall to the active roster. They had all previously been on the PUP or NFI lists. 
Carlos Dunlap
Dunlap (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Dunlap has been sensational on the season with 13.5 sacks through 15 games, and he is available for IDP usage in Week 17.

Kevin Zeitler
The Bengals have exercised fifth-year options on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler, a source told CBSSports.com Senior NFL Writer William Brinson. 

Kirkpatrick played in all 16 games (two starts) recorded 23 total tackles in 2014. He was selected by the Bengals as the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Zeitler, the 27th pick in 2012, started 12 games in 2014, having missed four due to a calf injury. He has been a three-year starter for the Bengals.

Vincent Rey
Rey left Sunday's game against the Bills with what appears to be a knee injury. He was helped off the field and then later carted to the locker room.

This is potentially a big loss for the Bengals defense. Rey had stepped up in a big way recent for the Bengals, taking over the primary linebacker role for the injured Vontaze Burfict.

Clark Harris
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (knee) is officially active for Week 14 against the Colts, as expected. Eifert was on the injury report for Sunday's game, but was considered probable.

Fellow tight end Clark Harris (illness) is also active as expected.

Russell Bodine
The Bengals and center Russell Bodine agreed to a contract, the first for the rookie out of North Carolina. Bodine was a fourth-round pick in May's draft. He'll compete for playing time in training camp. 
Tyler Kroft
Kroft caught a career-high three passes for 31 yards and scored for the first time as a pro in Sunday's 24-14 win at San Francisco.

Kroft did a good job filling in for starter Tyler Eifert, who missed the game due to a concussion. If Eifert is forced to miss another game next week at Denver, Kroft would likely see a handful of targets from second-year QB AJ McCarron.

Jayson DiManche
The Bengals will be without the services of linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Jayson DiManche (forearm) for Week 14 against Pittsburgh. Burfict and DiManche were the only two players ruled out for the game, but defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle) and wide receiver James Wright (knee) could join them come Sunday. Both Hunt and Wright were labeled as doubtful for the game.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Domata Peko (elbow) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while defensive end Robert Geathers (hip), wide receiver A.J. Green (thigh), tight end Ryan Hewitt (illness), cornerback Adam Jones (concussion), tackle Marshall Newhouse (hip) and guard/center Mike Pollak (knee) were listed as probable.

Forearm - IR. Out for season
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