|Offense||18th||134.5 (5th)||195.4 (28th)|
|Defense||5th||89.5 (4th)||212.6 (7th)|
The Bengals were clearly anticipating this designation, as they promoted fellow rookie running back Jarveon Williams from the practice squad earlier in the day. Mixon's absence will mark his second straight, while he remains in concussion protocol. As a result, Giovani Bernard will presumably continue seeing the majority of the work in the Bengals' backfield, while Brian Hill and the aforementioned Williams could also see some run.
Rinaldo (illness) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Penguins.
The flu bug paid a visit and caused Rinaldo to miss Thursday's game against the Lightning, prompting the Coyotes to summon Nick Merkley from AHL Tuscon as an insurance option. Either way, fantasy owners won't be sweating out Rinaldo's status as he has just three points in 28 games this season.
The writing appeared to be on the wall regarding Gresham's status for Week 15 after the team promoted fellow tight end Gabe Holmes from the practice squad Saturday. Gresham's absence will mark his first since Week 2. Troy Niklas and the aforementioned Holmes will now provide depth behind No. 1 tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.
Monroe, with Tyson Chandler drawing the start, will come off the pine for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.
With Chandler missing Wednesday's game due to a personal matter, Monroe started and saw 30 minutes, dropping 17 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Since joining the Suns, he's averaged 11.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 22.8 minutes per game.
Hill was promoted to the Cardinals' active roster prior to Week 13, but he has not seen any action in either of their previous two games. With a need for depth at tight end the team opted to let the 24-year-old running back go. He figures to be a likely candidate to rejoin the practice squad assuming he clears waivers.