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Bengals' Chris Worley: Promoted Tuesday
Worley was promoted from the Bengals' practice squad to the active roster Tuesday.
The Bengals were in need of depth at outside linebacker after placing rookie Malik Jefferson on IR with a foot injury, resulting in the call-up for Worley. Worley is slated to make his first NFL appearance in Week 16 against the Browns.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Malik Jefferson: Placed on IR
Jefferson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday due to a foot injury.
Jefferson injured his foot during Sunday's win over the Raiders after playing just one defensive snap. The 2018 third rounder spent much of his rookie campaign on special teams and will end the season with 10 tackles (five solo) and 11 defensive snaps played.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Cody Core: Just one catch
Core was held to one catch for 10 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Even with A.J. Green (toe) on injured reserve and Tyler Boyd (knee) missing half of the game, Core was not a core component of the offense, though in fairness the Bengals were so successful in running the ball, so they had fewer targets to spread around.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Minimal production again
Bernard had six carries for seven yards and two catches for 25 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
The six carries and 30 offensive snaps were actually as high as Bernard has gotten when Joe Mixon has been healthy, and Bernard even got a red-zone carry inside the 10-yard line, but it's clear this isn't going to approach a timeshare so long as Mixon isn't hurt.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Randy Bullock: Hits three field goals
Bullock made all three of his field goals in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Raiders.
After going through a dry spell, Bullock has converted three field goals in each of his last two games. The veteran kicker is 16-of-20 on the season and has made his last seven kicks. He'll look to continue that streak against the Browns on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Tyler Boyd: Could be shut down
Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals will make a decision on Boyd (knee) later this week, Richard Skinner of WKRC-TV Cincinnati reports.
While a decision hasn't actually been made, Lewis is implicitly acknowledging the possibility of Boyd being shut down for the final two weeks of the season. The 25-year-old wide receiver initially tried to play through a knee injury during Sunday's 30-16 win over the Raiders, ultimately sitting out for most of the second half, then saying afterward that he doesn't expect to miss any additional time. Reportedly dealing with a low-grade MCL sprain, Boyd may soon realize it isn't in his best interest to risk a more serious injury without the motivation of a playoff appearance. John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson all figure to get plenty of run Week 16 in Cleveland.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Sam Hubbard: Tallies two sacks Sunday
Hubbard recorded two tackles, both sacks, and forced a fumble in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Hubbard has performed well the last half of the season. After recording just one sack in the first seven games of the year he's totaled five sacks in the last seven contests. His sacks Sunday mark the first multi-sack game of his young career. He's now up to 34 tackles (24 solo), including six sacks, and two passes defensed on the season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Tallies four tackles in return
Kirkpatrick recored four tackles (all solo) in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Kirkpatrick was held out of Week 14 due to an ankle injury but didn't appear limited with the issue in Week 15. He has 41 tackles (35 solo) and nine passes defensed through 12 games this so far this season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Geno Atkins: Erupts for three sacks
Atkins recorded six tackles (five solo), including three sacks, in Sunday's win over Oakland.
Atikins had seven sacks this season entering Sunday's contest, but he'd recorded just one in the last eight games. The performance marks his third multi-sack game of the season and the first three-sack outing of his career. He's now up to 10 sacks on the year. He'll look to maintain his strong play in Week 16 against the Browns.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Tyler Boyd: Diagnosed with MCL sprain
Boyd (knee) is dealing with a low-grade MCL sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
While Boyd seems to have avoided a severe injury, the timing could bring his breakout 2018 campaign to an early end, particularly with the Bengals eliminated from playoff contention. He did briefly attempt to play through the sprain during Sunday's 30-16 win over the Raiders, and he said after the game that he expects to be ready for Week 16 in Cleveland. Despite his initial optimism, it won't come as any surprise if Boyd is unavailable when the Bengals begin practice this week. A game absence would leave John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson as the Bengals' top options at wide receiver.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' John Ross: Makes one catch
Ross caught one of five targets for six yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders.
Despite facing a favorable matchup and teammate Tyler Boyd's early exit with a knee injury, Ross posted his worst yardage output since the first week of the season. Already a streaky player, Ross's fantasy value is plunging to new lows with Jeff Driskel under center, as the pair has hooked up just five times for 30 combined yards over the last three games. The second-year speedster will look to get back on track against the Browns next Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Alex Erickson: Targeted five times
Erickson caught three of five targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders.
Erickson experienced an uptick in usage after teammate Tyler Boyd exited the game with a knee injury. He tied for the team lead in targets, equaling his season high in catches while finishing one yard shy of his personal best in that category. Erickson could see more targets next week against the Browns if Boyd is forced to miss out, but the latter downplayed the severity of his injury after the game.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Jeff Driskel: Throws for 130 yards
Driskel completed 14 of 33 pass attempts for 130 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders. He also carried seven times for 32 yards.
Driskel struggled to connect with his pass catchers, completing an uninspiring 42 percent of his pass attempts while averaging 3.9 yards per attempt. He didn't generate any plays longer than 30 yards, though he did manage to connect with Tyler Boyd for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Driskel has failed to top 175 passing yards in three of his four starts, posting five total touchdowns with three turnovers in that stretch. He shouldn't be relied on for fantasy production even in a favorable matchup with the Browns next Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' C.J. Uzomah: Gains 27 yards
Uzomah caught one of five targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders.
Uzomah tied for the team lead in targets, but he struggled to get on the same page as quarterback Jeff Driskel. His 27 receiving yards were good enough for second among Bengals pass catchers, though that's more of a negative reflection on the current state of the team's offense. Uzomah has topped 40 receiving yards just once in the last eight games and is a middling fantasy option next Sunday even in a favorable matchup with the Browns.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Tyler Boyd: Knee issue doesn't appear serious
Boyd downplayed the knee issue that forced him out of Sunday's 30-16 win over the Raiders, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. "I was just banged up a little bit," Boyd noted afterward. "Nothing too serious or anything anyone should worry about. I think I'll be ready to go next week for sure."
Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Boyd caught four of his five targets for 38 yards and a touchdown. We'll revisit his status no later than Wednesday, once the Bengals begin their practice preparations for their Week 16 contest in Cleveland.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Joe Mixon: Scores two rushing touchdowns
Mixon carried 27 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders. He added two catches for one yard in the 30-16 win.
Mixon enjoyed season highs in carries and rushing yards while averaging 4.8 yards per tote. He went in on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter and capped off the scoring with a 15-yard scamper in the fourth. Mixon was hardly involved as a receiver, but that likely had to do with his team playing with a lead for most of the game. He'll look to follow up this stellar effort in Week 16 against a beatable Browns run defense.... See More ... See Less
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