Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Albright, Bryson LB6-52433/15/19941Miami (Ohio)
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
 Benwikere, Bene' CB6-02009/3/19914San Jose State
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
75Billings, Andrew NT6-13113/6/19952Baylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19924North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19897Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19942Pittsburgh
76Brown, Ryan DE6-62676/10/19941Mississippi State
 Brown, Jon K5-1020212/7/1992RLouisville
 Brown, Chris WR6-219512/8/19932Notre Dame
23Brown, Chykie (FA) DB5-1119112/26/19866Texas
4Bullock, Randy (FA) K5-920612/16/19896Texas A&M
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12509/24/19906Arizona State
39Carson, Tra RB5-1122710/24/19921Texas A&M
93Clarke, Will DE6-62805/4/19914West Virginia
16Core, Cody WR6-32104/17/19942Mississippi
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19877Texas Christian
 Dawson, P.J. LB6-02401/13/19932Texas Christian
71Dean, David DT6-12952/16/19931Virginia
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1119810/10/19914Michigan State
6Driskel, Jeff QB6-42314/23/19932Louisiana Tech
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19898Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62509/8/19905Notre Dame
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19922Wisconsin
42Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-02056/2/19932Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63054/23/19933Oregon
53Flowers, Marquis OLB6-32452/16/19924Arizona
95Gilberry, Wallace (FA) DE6-227012/5/198410Alabama
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19887Georgia
91Hardison, Marcus DT6-33152/14/19923Arizona State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19849Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42541/24/19914Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19924Louisiana State
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12117/16/19859Cincinnati
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19906Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-018910/27/19922Houston
60Johnson, T.J. G6-43007/17/19904South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72722/7/19879Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101809/30/198311West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19896Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-625010/15/19923Rutgers
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-42062/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
11LaFell, Brandon (FA) WR6-321011/4/19868Louisiana State
58Maualuga, Rey (FA) MLB6-22581/20/19879USC
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32209/13/19903Alabama
 McRae, Tony CB5-91785/3/19931North Carolina
 Minter, Kevin LB6-024612/3/19905Louisiana State
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
30Peerman, Cedric RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
62Redmond, Alex G6-52941/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02509/6/19877Duke
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119210/19/19932Notre Dame
17Russell, Alonzo WR6-42069/29/19921Toledo
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12003/27/19923USC
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
 Smith, Andre T6-43251/25/19879Alabama
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
98Thompson, Brandon (FA) DT6-230510/19/19896Clemson
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
59Vigil, Nick ILB6-22398/20/19932Utah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33002/23/19932Arizona State
77Whitworth, Andrew (FA) T6-733012/12/198111Louisiana State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/19922Clemson
73Winston, Eric T6-731011/17/198311Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-4306.66-3294.525.62233
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Bengals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

After missing the first 10 games of the 2016 season due to a fractured forearm, Peerman logged six carries for 15 yards in six games. Where he did make his mark, however, was on special teams. It's a role he'll reprise in 2017, while also continuing to serve as a depth option in the Bengals' backfield.

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.

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.

P.J. Dawson
News
Dawson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday.

Dawson was likely signed as a result of Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Vincent Rey (hamstring) being questionable for Saturday's game against Houston, which could've left Cincinnati with as few as four active linebackers for the game. Dawson will likely just provide depth and isn't expected to get much playing time.

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.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Andre Smith
News
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.
Injury
Triceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rey Maualuga
News
Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

Maualuga has been with the Bengals since they drafted him in 2009. He spent his first seven seasons as a starter before starting just six of 14 games in 2017. In hindsight, his reduced role last year seems to have foreshadowed is eventual exit. Vincent Rey figures to have a hold on the starting middle linebacker role heading into training camp, while the team will have to address depth at the position going forward.

Kevin Minter
News
Minter's one-year contract with the Bengals is for $4 million, including $2.1 million guaranteed, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

The Bengals clearly expect Minter to handle a significant role, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he started all 16 games for the Cardinals. He played inside linebacker in Arizona's 3-4 defense, but it's possible he'll move to the strong side in Cincinnati's 4-3 -- allowing Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey to retain their spots on the weak side and in the middle.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins notched a pair of sacks and five tackles in Sunday's victory over the Browns.

After failing to record a sack in three games, Atkins got to Robert Griffin twice to give him 6.5 sacks on the season. As an interior lineman, his unsteady production makes him an upside-only lineup option in IDP leagues.

A.J. Green
News
Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Green (hamstring) has been given clearance to work out, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Prior to tearing his right hamstring in Week 11, Green was on pace for the sixth 1,000-yard season in as many years to start his career. Nevertheless, in what amounted to nine full games plus two snaps in the 10th, he finished with 964 yards on a career-best 66 percent catch rate, a metric that he's boosted in four consecutive campaigns. With the offseason program set to kick off in mid-April, he'll again aim to uphold the high standard established as he prepares for his age-29 season.

Clint Boling
News
Boling (shoulder) underwent successful shoulder surgery Monday and is expected back in time for OTAs, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Boling was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in Week 15.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Wallace Gilberry
News
Gilberry has agreed to re-sign with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.

Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick re-signed with the Bengals on Thursday, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Kirkpatrick started 14 games for the Bengals in 2016, recording 10 passes defensed, including 3 interceptions, and 46 tackles in 15 games played. He'll likely claim one of the Bengals' starting corner positions again in 2017.

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
Bryson Albright
News
Albright signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Albright will therefore join the Bengals following the conclusion of the current season. He was a reserve player for the Bills before being cut in December of 2016, but the fact that Albright was signed via a futures contract gives hope that he could find a spot on Cincinnati's roster come September.

Alonzo Russell
No Updates
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict (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.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tony McRae
No Updates
Ryan Brown
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
Boyd caught two of three passes for 39 yards and had a 15-yard run in Sunday's win over Baltimore.

Boyd was drafted in the second round this season with the idea being that he'd help replace the departures of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. The results ran hot and cold. In the first three plus games following A.J. Green's season-ending injury, Boyd took advantage of the increased workload with 21 total catches. Boyd ended his rookie season on a low note, however, with three straight games of just two catches.

Brandon Thompson
News
Thompson (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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Andrew Billings
News
Billings (knee) has recovered in full, Cincinnati.com reports.

After falling to the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Billings suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Now back to full strength, the Baylor product will have a chance to compete for a starting job this summer given the recent release of long-time Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.

William Jackson
News
Jackson (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.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Tra Carson
News
Carson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Carson has been on the Bengals' practice squad all season and was promoted to the active roster as a result of Cedric Ogbuehi moving to injured reserve. Carson will likely be the team's fourth option at running back and isn't likely to see the field except on special teams.

Derron Smith
News
Smith (thigh) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Texans, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Smith seems to be in line for his first game since Week 11 against the Bills. Before suffering the injury, Smith was utilized as added depth in the secondary for Cincinnati, and that won't likely change during the remaining two weeks of the regular season.

Jeremy Hill
News
The Cincinnati coaching staff believes Hill can regain his 2014 rookie-year form, Cincinnati.com reports.

Hill's volume near the goal line has partially obscured his general ineffectiveness as a runner, with his 20 rushing scores over the past two seasons nullifying the fantasy impact of his meager YPC marks -- 3.6 in 2015, 3.8 in 2016. He was far more effective as a rookie, picking up 5.1 yards per carry on his way to a 1,000-yard rushing season, and even catching 27 of his 32 targets. Despite the prolonged struggles, Hill is in line for another shot at leading the Cincinnati backfield as he enters the final year of his contract. He could also take on more of a pass-catching role, as Rex Burkhead departed for New England in free agency, while Gio Bernard (torn ACL) may not be a full-go for Week 1. On the other hand, the aforementioned backfield issues could simply lead Cincinnati to address the position in the draft, which might give Hill some serious competition for the early-down work he's traditionally dominated.

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.

Jon Brown
No Updates
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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Randy Bullock
News
Bullock was signed by the Bengals on Tuesday.

Bullock had an interesting 2016 season, taking kicks for the Bengals, Giants and Steelers, but ultimately wound up in Cincinnati for the season's last three games. He missed his only field goal attempt beyond 30 yards for the Bengals and did little to solidify himself as the team's kicker going forward. Consequently, Bullock could face competition for the starting gig in training camp, perhaps from second-year kicker Jonathan Brown, who missed most of his rookie season with a foot injury.

Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert (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.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Brown
No Updates
Jake Kumerow
News
Kumerow signed a contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

A second-year player hailing out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow had an impressive summer with the Bengals but failed to make the final roster. However, the Bengals' placement of TE Tyler Eifert (back) and Clint Boling (knee) on IR opened up space on the active roster. Kumerow likely won't see much playing time in the season finale Sunday versus the Ravens.

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 had a whopping 14 targets against the Texans, but ended up with eight catches for just 39 yards in the loss Saturday night.

It was just that type of game for the Bengals on Saturday. Core's first career reception against the Eagles went for 50 yards, more than all of his targets combined against the Texans. He'll be busy again next week with A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert both out.

Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell has agreed to re-sign with the Bengals on a two-year deal, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals viewed LaFell as a priority and never let him hit the open market. He'll likely reprise his role as the No. 2 wideout, with A.J. Green leading the way while 2016 second-round selection Tyler Boyd mans the slot. LaFell could have a tough time matching last season's 106 targets, as his volume was bolstered by the prolonged injury absences of Green and TE Tyler Eifert (back). The Bengals also hope to get more out of Boyd in his second professional season.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 18 of 28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-10 win over Baltimore.

Dalton found tight end C. J. Uzomah from one yard out on the final play of the first quarter for his 18th touchdown of the season, but still ended up finishing with one fewer score than his 2014 career-low of 19. On the bright side, the 29-year-old threw just eight interceptions, giving him consecutive campaigns with single-digit picks after four straight seasons with at least 13. Dalton's numbers were depressed due to the extended absence of top wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring), but he still managed the second-best yardage total of his career at 4,206.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson (calf) has been ruled active for Monday's game against the Giants.

Although he was limited at practice throughout the week, the veteran defensive end will participate in Monday's contest. Barring any setbacks, Johnson should see his usual workload at defensive end.

Chykie Brown
News
Brown (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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Shawn Williams
News
Williams (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against the Ravens.

Williams was ruled doubtful heading into the contest, leaving rookie Clayton Fejedelem likely to make his first NFL start this Sunday, as fellow safety Derron Smith (thigh) is also inactive.

C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah replaced the injured Tyler Eifert as the Bengals starting tight end Saturday night and had five catches for 28 yards on six targets.

Eifert was placed on IR on Monday, meaning Uzomah is in line for another start, with fellow tight end Tyler Kroft also hurt. Uzomah hasn't yet scored this season, and once Eifert was healthy he was a healthy scratch for five weeks prior to Week 16.

Giovani Bernard
News
The Bengals hope to have Bernard available early in the 2017 season, the team's official website reports.

Bernard is making good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 10, with the Bengals thus hoping to have him back in some capacity for at least a portion of training camp. Week 1 is an ambitious but realistic target, though expectations should probably be tempered at this early stage of the rehab process. With Bernard no sure thing to be ready by Week 1 and Rex Burkhead testing the waters of free agency, Cincinnati is taking a long look at the running backs available in the draft. Jeremy Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he fell shy of four yards per carry.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
AJ McCarron
News
McCarron's trade value could increase if the Patriots are not willing to trade Jimmy Garappolo, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Garoppolo is the obvious target for any franchise seeking a young backup quarterback, but the Patriots may be asking for a price beyond what other teams are willing to pay. While McCarron could likely be had for a lesser bounty, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin made it clear the team still values its 26-year-old backup, who filled in capably for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season. A 2014 fifth-round selection, McCarron is currently slated to become a restricted free agent in 2018, but an unresolved contract issue could push that back to 2019, which would further increase his trade value.

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 (shoulder), who ended the season on injured reserve, is now healthy, Cincinnati.com reports.

Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.

George Iloka
News
Iloka 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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adam Jones
News
Although a felony charge against Jones for an early-January incident in Cincinnati has been dropped, he still faces three misdemeanor charges, NFL.com reports.

Among the existing charges are misdemeanors for assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business. Due to his history of brushes with the law, the Bengals are likely bracing for a suspension once the justice system makes a decision. While the team has yet to comment on the matter, the NFL stated that a review "continues under the personal conduct policy, which states that a player may still be subject to potential discipline even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction," according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bene' Benwikere
News
Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback, but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured-reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth to the cornerback position, but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

DeShawn Williams
News
Williams has been waived by the Bengals.

With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.

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 (neck) was a full participant at practice Thursday.

Dunlap injured his neck in Sunday's win over Cleveland but it wasn't thought to be serious. He was limited Wednesday but likely won't miss more time with the injury going forward.

Vincent Rey
News
Rey (hamstring) logged a full practice Friday and does not have an injury designation heading into Saturday's game against the Texans

Rey was able to practice on a limited basis earlier in the week, but his full practice Friday effectively gives him the green light for Saturday's tilt. His role in the Bengals' defense had started to diminish prior to his injury as he had not played more than 25 snaps in any of his last four games. Look for Rey Maualuga to see the bulk of the snaps at middle linebacker.

David Dean
No Updates
Clark Harris
News
Harris (groin) will play Sunday against the Steelers.

Harris returns from a three-game absence Sunday and will resume his long-snapping duties.

Nick Vigil
No Updates
Russell Bodine
News
Bodine was briefly replaced in Sunday's loss to the Ravens by T.J. Johnson, but later returned.

Bodine and quarterback Andy Dalton were not on the same page on a shotgun snap that led to a fumble recovered by the Ravens, and he was also beaten often while pass blocking. It's been a rough season for the Bengals' offensive line, and Bodine has had a tough year.

Tyler Kroft
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Kroft (knee, ankle) finished the 2016 season with 10 catches for 92 yards on 12 targets in 14 games.

A 2015 third-round selection, Kroft entered his second NFL training camp as the favorite to fill in for an injured Tyler Eifert early in the season. Kroft then suffered a knee injury that cost him most of camp and the entire preseason, allowing C.J. Uzomah to emerge as the top pass-catching tight end in Eifert's absence. Though he technically started 11 games and played 39 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Kroft was never much of a factor in the Cincinnati passing game. He may have to compete with Uzomah for the No. 2 job in training camp.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
 

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