The Bengals waived Rawls on Tuesday. Cincinnati signed Rawls ahead of its Week 3 game, but Rawls was inactive for back-to-back contests before finally making his debut in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Dolphins. The active designation didn't mean much, however, as Rawls earned zero offensive snaps while working as the clear No. 3 back behind Joe Mixon and Mark Walton. Cincinnati is now without a healthy third option in the backfield with Giovani Bernard (knee) likely to miss at least one more game, but it's unclear if the team intends to add another depth piece to the group or simply proceed with Mixon and Walton as its sole backs Week 6 against the Steelers.
Rawls logged two snaps on special teams during Sunday's 27-17 victory over the Dolphins. Rawls, who signed with the Bengals in mid-September, was active for the first time this season to provide depth at running back with Giovani Bernard (knee) sidelined. However, Cincinnati was content with letting Joe Mixon handle the entirety of the rushing workload. While Rawls may stick on the active roster until Bernard returns in the coming weeks, don't expect him to get many, if any, chances on offense as long as Joe Mixon is healthy.
Rawls is active for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. The veteran likely will slot in as third in the backfield pecking order behind rookie Mark Walton and returning starter Joe Mixon (knee). If he sees any action Sunday, it would mark Rawls' first snaps in Cincinnati since signing on Sept. 19. Given what's expected to be a minimal role at best, he doesn't warrant fantasy consideration.
Rawls (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers. Rawls missed some practice time this week due to general soreness, but he was back on the practice field both Thursday and Friday. This makes his inactive status a bit surprising, especially with regular starter Joe Mixon (knee) on the shelf. This move will leave Mark Walton as the only remaining healthy running back on the active roster behind presumed starter Giovani Bernard.
Rawls (general soreness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Rawls was limited in his first Bengals practice Wednesday due to general soreness, but he now appears fully healthy. The 25-year-old will serve as Cincinnati's No. 3 running back behind Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton until Joe Mixon (knee) is able to return to the field. Rawls currently holds little fantasy value in what stands to be a minimal offensive role.
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