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Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th80.8 (27th)291.0 (7th)
Defense10th97.5 (14th)225.2 (12th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19887Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19914North Carolina
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19923North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19896Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/1994RPittsburgh
23Brown, Chykie DB5-1119112/26/19865Texas
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12509/24/19905Arizona State
33Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19904Nebraska
93Clarke, Will DE6-62805/4/19913West Virginia
16Core, Cody WR6-32104/17/1994RMississippi
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19876Texas Christian
56Dansby, Karlos LB6-325111/3/198113Auburn
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1119810/10/19913Michigan State
3Driskel, Jeff QB6-42314/23/1993RLouisiana Tech
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19897Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62509/8/19904Notre Dame
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/1992RWisconsin
42Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-02056/2/1993RIllinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63054/23/19932Oregon
53Flowers, Marquis OLB6-32452/16/19923Arizona
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19886Georgia
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19848Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42541/24/19913Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19923Louisiana State
10Huber, Kevin P6-12117/16/19858Cincinnati
99Hunt, Margus DE6-82957/14/19874Southern Methodist
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19905Boise State
60Johnson, T.J. C6-43007/17/19903South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72722/7/19878Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101809/30/198310West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19895Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-625010/15/19922Rutgers
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19867Louisiana State
37Lewis-Harris, Chris CB5-101852/11/19894Tennessee-Chattanooga
58Maualuga, Rey MLB6-22581/20/19878USC
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32209/13/19902Alabama
2Nugent, Mike K5-101903/2/198212Ohio State
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19922Texas A&M
94Peko, Domata DT6-332511/27/198411Michigan State
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02509/6/19876Duke
52Roach, Trevor LB6-22473/6/19921Nebraska
38Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119210/19/1993RNotre Dame
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12003/27/19922USC
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/19859Auburn
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19922Fresno State
98Thompson, Brandon DT6-230510/19/19895Clemson
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19932Auburn
59Vigil, Nick ILB6-22398/20/1993RUtah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33002/23/1993RArizona State
77Whitworth, Andrew T6-733012/12/198111Louisiana State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19914Georgia
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/19921Clemson
73Winston, Eric T6-731011/17/198310Miami (Fla.)
86Wright, James WR6-120112/31/19913Louisiana State
68Zeitler, Kevin G6-43203/8/19905Wisconsin
Injured Players
75Billings, Andrew (IR) NT6-13113/6/1995RBaylor
91Hardison, Marcus (IR) DT6-33152/14/19922Arizona State
22Jackson, William (IR) CB6-018910/27/1992RHouston
30Peerman, Cedric (IR) RB5-1021210/10/19867Virginia
Practice Squad
76Brown, Ryan DE6-62676/10/1994RMississippi State
39Carson, Tra RB5-1122710/24/1992RTexas A&M
 Dawson, P.J. LB6-02401/13/19932Texas Christian
71Dean, David DT6-12952/16/1993RVirginia
28Hillary, Darius CB5-111834/5/1993RWisconsin
 Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-42062/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
88Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19901Eastern Kentucky
62Redmond, Alex G6-52941/18/1995RUCLA
17Russell, Alonzo WR6-42069/29/1992RToledo
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-5311.46-3300.326.22134
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman (elbow) was placed on IR Sunday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Peerman was expected to serve as the Bengals No. 3 running back before he suffered a broken elbow last week.

Injury
Elbow - Injured Reserve
KeiVarae Russell
News
Russell was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Russell was inactive in Week 1 and no better than fifth on the depth chart at the cornerback position, but his release comes as a surprise given that he was a third-round pick just a few months ago. Russell apparently needs more development time than originally anticipated, but still possesses third-round talent, so there is a good chance he is claimed off waivers by a team looking for either depth or a project at his position.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt was not targeted in Sunday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

Although his Sunday appearance on the stat sheet was due solely to a clipping penalty, Hewitt may take on some extra snaps early in the season, as tight ends Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (knee) are both highly questionable for Week 1. The Bengals mostly use Hewitt as an H-back, and C.J. Uzomah started at tight end in Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville.

Domata Peko
News
Peko (ankle) was not listed on Cincinnati's Week 1 injury report.

Peko was forced to leave the Bengals' playoff game against the Steelers after he injured his ankle and little was heard of his injury after that. Whatever the issue was, it hasn't held him back this year and he'll be in the starting lineup when Cincinnati plays the Jets on Sunday.

P.J. Dawson
No Updates
Josh Shaw
News
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.

Jeff Driskel
News
Driskel was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Prior to adding Driskel, Cincinnati only had two quarterbacks on its roster. Driskel is unlikely to play this season.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
Cedric Ogbuehi
News
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.

Rey Maualuga
News
Maualuga (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.

Trevor Roach
News
Roach was waived by the Bengals on Thursday, Richard Skinner of WKRC-TV reports.

The move was made so the Bengals could make room for Vontaze Burfict, as the starting linebackers roster exemption expired today. Roach will be a free agent once he clears waivers.

Geno Atkins
News
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
News
Green hauled in 10 of 12 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 22-7 win over the Dolphins.

The Pro Bowler got his night started off right with a highlight-worthy leaping grab of a 51-yard heave from Andy Dalton and added a 43-yard grab in the third quarter that set up a Mike Nugent field goal. He also powered his way through a Tony Lippett tackle attempt for a seven-yard touchdown in the first period and put together his second 100-yard performance over the season's first four games. After two rather ordinary performances versus the Steelers and Broncos, Green's production Thursday was a reminder of his immense value in any fantasy format, and is team-high 12 targets a testament to his role as the focal point of the Bengals attack.

Clint Boling
News
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
News
Sims (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 2 game against the Steelers, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Sims skipped two days of practice this week to tend to the ankle injury, but team trainers deemed his ready to go for Week 2. He'll serve in a depth capacity behind starting defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.

Trey Hopkins
News
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.

Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick (hamstring) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Dolphins.

Kirkpatrick didn't practice at all this past week, making his listing of inactive unsurprising. Look for Chris Lewis-Harris to see extra snaps in Kirkpatrick's absence.

Injury
Hamstring - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
Matt Lengel
No Updates
T.J. Johnson
News
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.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard (hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Week 3, Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson reports.

Dennard was limited on Wednesday but participated in full on Thursday and Friday, which makes him likely to play on Sunday despite being listed as questionable.

Clayton Fejedelem
No Updates
Alonzo Russell
No Updates
Christian Westerman
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
No Updates
Mike Nugent
News
Nugent was perfect on three field goal attempts in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

The problem for the Bengals was that Nugent had to have those three attempts in the first place, with two of those coming from less than 30 yards. The Steelers shut down the deep ball and tightened up in the red zone, leaving the Bengals to settle for three points instead of seven.

Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict is expected to play 25-35 snaps in his season debut Thursday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

It's always possible Burfict could play more than expected, but he just rejoined the Bengals earlier this week after serving a three-game suspension, and it appears he will be eased back into action with the team on a short week. If Burfict is indeed placed on a snap count Thursday, it seems likely he will be able to handle a full workload in Week 5 and beyond.

Rex Burkhead
News
Burkhead is slated to once again be the Bengals' third option at running back.

Firmly behind Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill, Burkhead shouldn't be expected to have much of any fantasy value unless injuries force him up the depth chart. He had just four rushes four yards and 10 receptions for 94 yards in 2015.

James Wright
News
Wright (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Wright played through the same injury in Sunday's loss to Denver, catching his lone target for a 10-yard gain. As the No. 4 wideout, he's unlikely to be a viable fantasy option anytime soon.

Ryan Brown
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
Boyd had just three catches for 18 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Making matters worse, Boyd was on the field for only 24 snaps compared to 60 snaps for Brandon LaFell. Fantasy football is about talent meeting opportunity, and Boyd's opportunity isn't great right now.

Brandon Thompson
News
Thompson (knee) was placed on the Bengals' reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Thompson had suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 of 2015 and had missed the entirety of the Bengals' offseason program and training camp. Given the timing of his injury, he wasn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season anyway. He's first eligible to return to action Oct. 23 for an in-state rivalry match with the Browns.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Andrew Billings
News
Billings (knee) has been placed on IR by the Bengals, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Billings suffered a torn meniscus earlier in August resulting in surgery to repair the injury. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick will have to wait a year before seeing his first NFL regular season action.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
William Jackson
Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
News
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
News
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.

Tra Carson
No Updates
Derron Smith
News
Smith (chest) is active for the Bengals' Week 4 tilt against the Dolphins.

Smith injured his chest against the Bronco's in Week 3 and the short week had put his status into question. It's unclear at this time if the rookie will be at all limited.

Jeremy Hill
News
Hill gained 71 yards on 21 carries in Thursday's 22-7 win over the Dolphins.

Although the Dolphins managed to limit him to 3.4 YPC and a game-long rush of 19 yards, Hill still provided the Bengals offense with an important measure of balance throughout the night. After totaling only 53 yards through his first two games, Hill has now put together solid back-to-back performances, gaining 168 yards over Weeks 3 and 4. He's also encouragingly seen his carries rise each successive week, and his increasing involvement and secure red-zone role make him a solid fantasy asset ,particularly in standard scoring formats.

Andrew Whitworth
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Eifert (ankle) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins.

We'd now expect Eifert to target a return to action in Week 5, when the Bengals face the Cowboys on Oct. 9. In the meantime, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will continue to handle the team's tight end duties Thursday night.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
Karlos Dansby
News
Dansby recorded 10 tackles Sunday against the Steelers.

Since coming over from the division-rival Browns, Dansby has started his Bengals career be registering double-digit tackles in each of his first two games. Based on the small sample size, he looks to be a player to target in IDP leagues.

Jake Kumerow
No Updates
Marquis Flowers
News
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.
Cody Core
News
Core's teammate Brandon LaFell is out indefinitely with a hand injury, NFL.com reports.

Core, a sixth-round pick out of Ole Miss, had three catches for 33 yards in the preseason opener. He's working behind both fellow rookie Tyler Boyd and veteran special teamer Brandon Tate. But LaFell's injury should increase his reps in practice and in the preseason.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell had two catches for 34 yards on three targets in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Broncos.

LaFell had a meager output, but in his favor he had 60 snaps while Tyler Boyd was on the field for only 24 snaps. Neither has a whole lot of value right now, but then again, not too many second or third receivers would have value against Denver's stout defense.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 22-7 victory over the Dolphins. He also netted minus-12 yards on six rushes.

The veteran signal-caller turned in an efficient performance against a Dolphins defense that has struggled to defend the pass through the first four weeks. Dalton's most spectacular play came on a first-quarter scramble where he deftly side-stepped the rush and slung a 51-yard heave downfield to a leaping A.J. Green, who snared the pass at its highest point. He also found four other receivers on the night, but looked Green's way the most by far (10 targets). Through four weeks, Dalton has put the ball up 146 times, as compared to the 116 attempts he tallied over the same time period last season. Despite the considerable uptick, he's only netted three touchdown passes, but the Bengals' aggressive air approach, if it endures, could certainly pay dividends for Dalton's fantasy owners throughout the season.

Michael Johnson
News
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.

Chykie Brown
News
Brown is listed as a third-string cornerback on the Bengals depth chart.

Brown made his way onto the Bengals roster after spending time with the Giants previously. He is listed behind Adam Jones and Darqueze Dennard on the Bengals depth chart, and likely won't make any IDP noise this season barring injuries to those listed in front of him.

Shawn Williams
News
Williams suffered a right knee injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Broncos, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Williams headed to the locker room to receive further evaluation of his knee. More on his status will be known as the game progresses.

C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah caught four of five targets for 45 yards in Thursday's 22-7 win over the Dolphins.

The second-year pro was actually only behind A.J. Green in team receiving yardage on the night, and tied with Brandon LaFell for second-most receptions as well. Uzomah was technically behind Tyler Kroft on the depth chart in Week 3, but saw all the tight end targets Thursday and capitalized on all but one of them. Uzomah has been serviceable in Tyler Eifert's (ankle) stead, but the latter is reportedly expected to return for the Bengals' Week 5 tilt versus the Cowboys according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official site.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard rushed for eight yards on five carries in Sunday's loss to Denver. He added 36 yards receiving on five catches.

With the Bengals unveiling a run-heavy approach to start the game, it was Jeremy Hill getting the lion' share of the looks after the two both collected 14 touches in Week 2. Bernard collected more touches than Hill in six of the first nine games of 2015, but hasn't done so since. Don't expect that to change anytime soon, though Bernard still holds the very valuable role as arguably being the team's second most reliable receiver outside of A.J. Green.

AJ McCarron
News
McCarron completed 11-of-16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.

The former Alabama quarterback is a clear second to Andy Dalton on Cincinnati's depth chart. He looked impressive in a late second quarter touchdown drive, but is unlikely to see meaningful regular season action unless Dalton gets injured.

Alex Erickson
News
Erickson will likely open the season as Cincinnati's top punt returner, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner reports.

The Bengals waived Brandon Tate and Mario Alford (ankle) on Tuesday, all but assuring Erickson of a spot on the final roster. The undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin has four punt returns for 167 yards and a score this preseason, and he also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's exhibition against the Jaguars. While unlikely to have a significant role on offense, Erickson figures to returns punts and possibly kickoffs, albeit with Adam Jones potentially subbing in at key moments.

Marcus Hardison
News
Hardison 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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
George Iloka
News
Iloka signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Bengals on Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Boise State product was set to hit the open market at the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon, but the Bengals weren't going to let their talented young safety walk without giving him a sizable offer. Iloka, at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, holds up well against the run and is also solid in coverage as evidenced by his positive Pro Football Focus grades in both categories (+4.7 and +7.2 respectively over the last two seasons). With Wednesday's contract, Iloka will be a fixture in the Bengals secondary for the foreseeable future.

Adam Jones
News
When 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.

DeShawn Williams
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 4 vs. Miami
No Updates
Margus Hunt
News
Hunt (back) was not listed on the Bengals' Week 1 injury report.

Hunt dealt with some back issues early on in his time with Cincinnati but he was able to play through it last year and hasn't been held back this season. Look for him to play unhampered in the team's season opener against the Jets on Sunday.

Kevin Huber
News
Huber is fully healthy and ready to play in the Bengals' Week 1 matchup with the Jets.

Huber hasn't missed any time since fracturing his jaw during the 2013 season and, barring future injury, isn't set to miss time this year.

Carlos Dunlap
News
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.

Darius Hillary
No Updates
Kevin Zeitler
News
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
News
Rey is re-signing with the Bengals, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Rey piled up 95 tackles in 16 games (eight starts) last season, with the bulk of his production coming while Vontaze Burfict (suspension) was still recovering from injury in September and October. With Burfict suspended for the first three games of 2016, Rey should be a useful early-season IDP for a second straight year, though he may eventually move back to a depth role.

David Dean
No Updates
Clark Harris
News
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.

Nick Vigil
No Updates
Russell Bodine
News
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
News
Kroft will serve as the Bengals' starting tight end Thursday versus the Dolphins, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Cincinnati will once again be without No. 1 tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle), who logged limited practices all week but will nonetheless wait to make his season debut. Kroft is thus making his third start in a row, but the first two weren't exactly productive. After hauling in three of four passes for 35 yards in Week 2 at Pittsburgh, he emerged from Sunday's loss to the Broncos without a target to his name.