Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd68.0 (32nd)197.6 (29th)
Defense12th122.4 (27th)200.6 (6th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
99Billings, Andrew DT6-13253/6/19952Baylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19924North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19897Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19942Pittsburgh
4Bullock, Randy K5-921412/16/19896Texas A&M
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12559/24/19906Arizona State
82Carter, Cethan TE6-32459/5/1993RNebraska
16Core, Cody WR6-32144/17/19942Ole Miss
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19877TCU
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1120510/10/19914Michigan State
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19898Florida
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19922Wisconsin
50Evans, Jordan LB6-22401/27/1995ROklahoma
42Fejedelem, Clayton SS6-02056/2/19932Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63104/23/19933Oregon
98Glasgow, Ryan DT6-33029/30/1993RMichigan
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19887Georgia
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19849Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42551/24/19914Stanford
23Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/1995RWyoming
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12107/16/19859Cincinnati
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19906Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-019010/27/19922Houston
60Johnson, T.J. G6-42957/17/19904South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72802/7/19879Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101859/30/198311West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19896Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-626010/15/19923Rutgers
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19868LSU
58Lawson, Carl DE6-22606/29/1994RAuburn
80Malone, Josh WR6-32083/21/1996RTennessee
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32159/13/19903Alabama
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19905LSU
28Mixon, Joe RB6-12287/24/1996ROklahoma
56Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02351/5/1994RIllinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
62Redmond, Alex G6-53301/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02459/6/19877Duke
15Ross, John WR5-1119011/27/1994RWashington
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119610/19/19932Notre Dame
26Shaw, Josh CB6-11903/27/19923Southern California
 Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
71Smith, Andre T6-43301/25/19879Alabama
94Smith, Chris DE6-12662/11/19924Arkansas
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
59Vigil, Nick OLB6-22408/20/19932Utah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33052/23/19932Arizona State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
75Willis, Jordan DE6-42605/2/1995RKansas State
40Wilson, Brandon DB5-101997/27/1994RHouston
73Winston, Eric T6-731011/17/198311Miami (Fla.)
Injured Players
33Carson, Tra (IR) RB5-1122810/24/19921Texas A&M
6Driskel, Jeff (IR) QB6-42384/23/19932Louisiana Tech
85Eifert, Tyler (IR) TE6-62559/8/19905Notre Dame
32Hill, Jeremy (IR) RB6-123010/20/19924LSU
30Peerman, Cedric (IR) RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
86Schreck, Mason (IR) TE6-525211/4/1993RBuffalo
Practice Squad
52Bell, Brandon LB6-12301/9/1995RPenn State
 Dielman, J.J C6-530012/16/1993RUtah
 McRae, Tony CB5-101855/3/19931North Carolina A&T
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525612/16/1993RPittsburgh
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
 Shelton, Sojourn CB5-917712/25/1994RWisconsin
13Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/1993RFlorida State
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129212/29/19922Clemson
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

With Jeremy Hill (ankle), Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon all lined up to play with the Bengals, Peerman wasn't slated for many offensive snaps anyway. He would have been able to vie for return opportunities if it wasn't for the emergence of Alex Erickson in 2016, so even if Peerman does get healthy enough to be activated, don't expect the Bengals to choose that route.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
KeiVarae Russell
News
Russell (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com

Russell is one of the Bengals' newest additions, but it appears as though he'll be active for Sunday's game against the Browns. He'll likely serve as a depth option in the secondary unless he's made a healthy inactive.

Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Hewitt's full participation likely puts him on track to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars. Hewitt hasn't played since Week 4 against the Browns, when he hauled in one reception for 16 yards. That was his only target of the season, so don't expect him to get many more reps in the passing game the rest of the way.

Josh Shaw
News
Shaw (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

The Bengals limited Shaw's workload in their walkthrough Monday, one day after he suffered the ankle injury in the team's season-opening loss to the Ravens. It doesn't look to be a serious concern for the reserve cornerback, as his participation in Tuesday's session implies that he'll be able to suit up Thursday against the Texans. Before departing with the injury Sunday, Shaw played 22 snaps on defense, logging one stop.

Jeff Driskel
News
The thumb injury Driskel suffered in Thursday's preseason game against the Colts will not require surgery, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

While that is surely a good sign for Driskel's health, it still leaves his future with the Bengals a tad cloudy. Should the quarterback's injury require a short recovery time, it's likely the team ends up keeping him on the final roster, but if it is still seen as fairly serious, the Bengals could be reluctant to keep him around.

Injury
Thumb - Injured Reserve
J.J Dielman
News
Dielman was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Dielman failed to see any snaps in the season opener Monday and now will be released with the presumption that his roster spot will open up for holdout Aaron Donald. The Rams, reportedly, hope to bring back Dielman, however, so they may try and sign him to the team's practice squad if he's not scooped up by another team.

Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi gave up two of the five sacks that the Bengals allowed against the Ravens and was their lowest-rated offensive lineman, per Pro Football Focus, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals let Andrew Whitworth walk this offseason in part to hang on to Ogbuehi, who struggled before getting hurt last year. He'll have his hands full in the Bengals' matchup with the Texans on Thursday night.

Andre Smith
No Updates
Kevin Minter
News
Minter (elbow) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Minter's missed the past four games with an elbow injury, so his full participation Wednesday is a significant development. He seems in line to play Sunday against the Browns and take back a starting role at middle linebacker.

Kermit Whitfield
News
Whitfield signed with the Bengals on Saturday.

The team waived wide receiver Monty Madaris, and signed Whitfield in a corresponding deal. Whitfield, an undrafted free agent, originaly signed with the Bears in April before ultimately being let go. The Florida State product ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. He will compete in training camp for a role on the final roster.

Scott Orndoff
News
Orndoff re-signed with the Bengals' practice squad Thursday.

Orndoff was released from the team's practice squad Tuesday to make room for safety Derron Smith, but after Smith elected to terminate his own contract Thursday, the Bengals will bring Orndoff back.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins had two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's game against the Titans.

Atkins now has six sacks through nine games, and he has a chance of passing his career high of 12.5 sacks. Still, the eight-year defensive tackle has left fantasy owners out to dry four times this season when he has failed to record a sack, making Atkins most worthy in daily formats against questionable offensive lines.

A.J. Green
News
Green caught four of nine targets for 50 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

Green had a rather quiet game going into the fourth quarter, but an 18-yard touchdown reception salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. While he's only surpassed 50 receiving yards in one of his last five games, three trips to the end zone during that span have benefited his fantasy owners. Green will look to further distance himself from recent quiet outings next week against the Browns.

Clint Boling
News
Boling (shoulder) played in Friday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.

Boling's shoulder injury seems to be a thing of the past at the moment. The 28-year-old is vying for a starting spot along the Cincinnati offensive line, and his health moving forward will likely have a major impact.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
Pat Sims
News
The Bengals signed Sims to a contract Tuesday.

The Bengals cut Sims after it became clear a calf injury would prevent him from playing in Sunday's eventual win over the Broncos. The team's decision to re-sign Sims suggests he'll likely be available for the Week 12 contest against the Browns, but if active, the defensive tackle may be in store for only light usage in the team's line rotation.

Trey Hopkins
News
Hopkins (knee) practiced without limitations Wednesday and is in line to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

Hopkins will fill back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup.

Hardy Nickerson
News
Nickerson was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Saturday.

The Bengals needed to add some depth to their linebacking corps with Kevin Minter (elbow) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Nickerson has played in seven games with the Bengals so far this season, but is used far more often on special teams than he is on defense.

Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick had four tackles (all solo), an interception and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

Kirkpatrick intercepted Brock Osweiler in the end zone and was primed for a pick-six, but settled for a 101-yard return to the Broncos one-yard line after losing control of the ball as he neared the end zone. The 28-year-old totaled three defensed passes in the victory, as well.

Joe Mixon
News
Mixon carried 20 times for 49 yards and caught two passes for no gain during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

Mixon received 20 carries for the first time in his young career as his team looked to milk a lead, but he managed just 2.5 yards per carry and had a long gain of eight. On a positive note, Giovani Bernard received just four touches in this one, meaning the rookie's usage should remain high moving forward. Still, his 2.9 yards per carry on the season indicate he's yet to make the most of his opportunities -- a trend he'll look to buck next week against the Browns.

T.J. Johnson
News
Johnson hurt his neck Sunday against the Browns, but it proved not to be serious, as he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Johnson will return to his reserve lineman role since Trey Hopkins (knee) also will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Carl Lawson
News
The Bengals selected Lawson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 116th overall.

Cincinnati is emphasizing generating a pass rush along its front four by adding Lawson and Jordan Willis early in the draft. Lawson racked up 9.5 sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss in his final season on The Plains before heading to the NFL. There are some durability concerns with Lawson, as Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan reports that persistent knee issues raise questions regarding his longevity. Still, if Lawson can stay on the field, he'll be able to get to the quarterback.

Jordan Evans
Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
No Updates
Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard (knee) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice.

The nature of Dennard's knee injury is unclear, but it's too early in the week to believe his availability for Sunday's game against the Browns is in danger. His participation in practice Thursday and Friday will be more indicative on that front.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
Clayton Fejedelem
News
Fejedelem will slot in as the top strong safety in place of Shawn Williams (hamstring) on Sunday against the Titans, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

The last time Fejedelem suited up as a starter, he posted just three tackles (two solo) against the Ravens in Week 1. The second-year pro has played seven games since his first start, but he's rarely played on defense so it's tough to tell if he's made improvements.

Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
News
The Bengals signed Wilson off their practice squad Saturday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Wilson, a sixth-round rookie out of Houston, was previously waived by the team coming out of training camp after beginning the season on the Non-Football/Injury list with a knee issue. Now healthy, he'll provide the team with some additional depth at safety with Shawn Williams (hamstring) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict had 12 tackles (11 solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

It was Burfict's most active game of the season and it was no surprise that it came against Brock Osweiler and the Broncos. Cincinnati has a similarly appealing matchup against the Browns in Week 12.

Tony McRae
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
Boyd (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Boyd has missed the Bengals' last three games with a knee injury, but he practiced throughout the week and was omitted from the injury report Friday, indicating that he'll a healthy inactive. Though he opened the season as the Bengals' No. 3 wideout, Boyd had struggled to offer much utility in that role, hauling in six of nine targets for 43 yards. It appears head coach Marvin Lewis views Josh Malone and rookie first-round pick John Ross as better bets than Boyd to have roles in the club's offensive game plan.

Andrew Billings
News
Billings has fully recovered from last summer's training camp knee injury, 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.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson (toe) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Jackson was listed as questionable after putting in a full practice Friday, but will not be available Sunday. The Bengals are also without Adam Jones (concussion), with Josh Shaw and KeiVarae Russell likely to serve as the nickel and dime corners.

Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
News
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Thursday that Fisher was placed on the season-ending Reserve/Non-Football Illness list due to an irregular heartbeat, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Fisher is slated to undergo a procedure this week to address the issue and is expected to make a full recovery well in advance of the 2018 season. To address the void at offensive tackle left by Fisher's absence, the Bengals signed veteran Eric Winston on Wednesday.

Injury
Chest - Out for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
Ryan Glasgow
News
The Bengals selected Glasgow in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 138th overall.

Glasgow is one of the least-visible contributors from Michigan's suffocating 2016 defense, but he was still a significant part of the Wolverines' dominant run defense. He has good quickness at 6-foot-3, 302 pounds and should give Cincinnati useful rotational snaps at tackle.

Tra Carson
News
The Bengals are expected to place Carson (undisclosed) on their injured reserve list, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Carson was fourth on the team's depth chart at running back, so he was an unlikely candidate to make it through final cuts anyway. It is unclear what injury the 24-year-old is dealing with, but he will spend the entire 2017 season on the Bengals' IR if the two parties do not reach an injury settlement.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Jeremy Hill
News
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he was surprised when he learned that Hill was opting for season-ending surgery on his injured ankle, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirerreports.

The Bengals for some reason thought Hill would try to play through the injury and put off surgery until the offseason -- an approach that wouldn't make much sense for an impending free agent with a very limited role. This presumably seals Hill's fate in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will happily move forward with Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, likely hoping that offensive line renovations can get the running game back on track next offseason. Hill hasn't done much of note besides scoring goal-line touchdowns since his rookie season, but he should at least have time to get healthy before 2018 training camp, at which point he'll likely be competing for a role with a new team. It's hard to imagine any franchise would sign him with a clear-cut lead role in mind. Hill will finish out the 2017 campaign on injure reserve.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Mason Schreck
News
Schreck (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Schreck hurt his knee in the third preseason game, though the severity of his injury remains unspecified. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Eric Winston
News
The Bengals signed Winston to a contract Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Though best known these days for his role as the president of the NFL Players Association, the 34-year-old Winston is still a battle-tested veteran tackle who should bolster the team's depth along the offensive line following Jake Fisher's (illness) placement on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. With 33 games of experience in the Bengals' system over the last three seasons, it shouldn't take Winston long to get up to speed in advance of Cincinnati's Week 10 matchup with Tennessee.

Randy Bullock
News
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that while Bullock will play Sunday against the Browns, the team isn't necessarily committed to the kicker for the rest of the season, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Lewis acknowledged that the accuracy issues Mike Nugent endured before being cut late last season may have affected his patience with Bullock, who hasn't been quite as reliable as the team hoped. In addition to missing one game with a back injury, Bullock has connected on eight of 10 field-goal tries -- with none of those attempts coming from 50-plus yards -- and has missed two of his 20 extra-point attempts this season. A matchup with the winless Browns should provide more scoring opportunities than usual for Bullock, but any missed kicks he has during the contest could further loosen his job security.

Jordan Willis
News
Willis notched his third preseason sack Sunday against the Redskins, drawing the attention of teammate Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals' official site reports. "They come off the edge, they don't even think about it," Burfict raved. "Just go after it. They're young, hungry, and fast. Jordan (Willis) is going to be somebody to reckon with. He comes off the edge fast."

Burfict also praised teammates Carl Lawson and Chris Smith in the context of that quote. Willis, a third-round pick from Kansas State, had the quickest 40-yard dash among DL at the combine in 4.53 seconds. The Bengals emphasized getting more speed on the defensive line, with positive results so far.

Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert (back), who underwent season-ending surgery last week, isn't expected to face any limitations heading into the 2018 campaign, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

With Eifert's doctors indicating the tight end endured no complications during the procedure, he should be in line for a normal offseason as he enters free agency for the first time in his career. Despite the supposed clean bill of health, Eifert's history of back problems -- last week's surgery was his third since entering the NFL -- will likely limit his earning potential even though he's been one of the league's more productive tight ends when he's taken the field. In 39 career games, Eifert has compiled 20 touchdowns while averaging 12.1 yards per reception.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Cody Core
News
Core (concussion) practiced without limitations Wednesday.

Core has appeared in six games this year, but hasn't hauled in a reception and has only been targeted four times. However, receivers Brandon LaFell (hamstring) and Tyler Boyd (knee) both didn't practice Wednesday, so Core could see more offensive snaps if either or both can't play Sunday against the Jaguars. Either way, it likely won't be enough to make Core a reliable fantasy asset.

Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

LaFell is thus slated to play Sunday against the 0-10 Browns, who have surrendered 20 passing TDs to date. Only the Broncos (22), Texans (22) and Titans (21) have allowed more. That said, the veteran wideout's fantasy ceiling isn't especially high, considering he's averaging 3.4 catches for 34 yards through 10 games, to go along with two TDs.

Josh Malone
News
Malone has had a good training camp and continued his good work into Saturday's preseason game, catching three passes for 35 yards. He got some reps with the first-team offense, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The rookie fourth-round pick still has a long way to go before he can become fantasy-relevant, as at best he'll be fourth or fifth on the wide receiver depth chart to begin the season.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 15 of 25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Broncos. He also gained four yards on three carries int he 20-17 win.

Though he averaged just 6.2 yards per attempt, Dalton connected on touchdown passes with three different receivers and went without an interception for the fourth straight game. His team deferred to the run after building a lead, suppressing his number of attempts and accompanying yardage. Nonetheless, Dalton's 9:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the last five games makes him a viable option in Week 12 against the Browns.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson (illness) put in a full practice Thursday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The illness resulted in Johnson being limited at Wednesday's practice, but now that he's put in a full session this week, it doesn't appear the defensive end is any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Broncos. The veteran has tallied 21 tackles and three sacks in eight games this season.

Chris Smith
News
Smith recorded six tackles (three solo) to go along with his first sack of the season in Thursday's loss to the Texans.

Smith made up for a sluggish start to the year, as he recorded just one tackle in the team's season opener. The 25-year-old saw 34 snaps (52 percent) in Week 2, which is right around where you would expect the rotational defensive end to wind up. He will line up against a Packers' offensive line in Week 3 that has both starting tackles dealing with injuries, so he could be potentially in line for an advantageous situation.

Brandon Bell
No Updates
Shawn Williams
News
Williams had four tackles (three solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Broncos.

Williams will occasionally get closer to double-digit tackles, but Sunday's game against the Broncos was a fairly typical performance. The Bengals face the Browns next week, another appealing matchup for the defensive unit.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah (ankle) is officially inactive for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

While he didn't play in the Bengals' season opener against the Ravens, Uzomah participated fully at practice on Monday and Tuesday, so this is a mild surprise. Tyler Kroft was likely to see the majority of the work as the second tight end regardless, but Uzomah will have plenty of extra rest to hopefully be ready for Week 3.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard caught all five of his targets for 38 yards and added two carries for 10 yards during Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Titans.

The meager seven touches represented Bernard's highest total since Week 2, and the 48 yards were Bernard's third highest total of the year. The season-ending injury to Jeremy Hill might free up a few more opportunities, but Cincinnati still seems content to ride rookie Joe Mixon more often than not. Bernard's niche remains as a change-of-pace back and pass catcher out of the backfield. Neither role likely warrants much fantasy attention in the Bengals' offense until further notice.

AJ McCarron
News
The Bengals agreed to trade McCarron to Cleveland, but the Browns failed to send documentation to the NFL prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

McCarron was the subject of offseason trade talks, with one report suggesting that the Bengals wanted a first-round pick in return. According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Browns were willing to give up second- and third-round picks for the quarterback, but didn't notify the league of the agreement prior to the deadline. McCarron is thus in line to remain Andy Dalton's backup for the rest of the season and await a shot at a starting job in 2018. The Bengals may have missed their chance to pull off a trade, as McCarron is in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. However, he spent most of his rookie season on the non-football injury list, which could allow the Bengals to retain him as a restricted free agent, depending on an arbitrator's ruling. Either way, McCarron likely will end up in a different uniform next season.

Brian Hill
News
Hill signed with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Hill spent one game with the Falcons active roster earlier this season before being demoted to the practice squad. He'll now head to Cincinnati after Jeremy Hill (ankle) was placed on injured reserve this past weekend. Hill, Brian that is, should play a reserve role on the Bengals offense behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, at least until he gets a better understanding of his new team's playbook.

Alex Erickson
News
Erickson caught both his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

Erickson put his team ahead with a 29-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter. Despite his modest usage in this one, he finished second on the team in receiving yardage as Andy Dalton posted just 6.2 yards per attempt. Eickson has only made sporadic contributions this season, but there's an opportunity to be had on an offense in search of a complement to A.J. Green among its receiving corps. He'll look to build on this effort next week against the Browns.

George Iloka
News
Iloka (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Iloka exited in the second half of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and was unable to return, but it looks as though the ailment won't be a lingering one. Expect Iloka to be a full go as the Bengals' starting free safety Sunday against the Browns.

Adam Jones
News
Jones (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Jones, who sustained a concussion in Week 10, seems on track to return from a one-game absence. He'll presumably retake his starting role for Sunday's game against the Browns, barring any setbacks the rest of the week.

Jarveon Williams
News
Williams signed with the Bengals practice squad.

With the Bengals posting plenty of depth at the running back position between the likes of Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon, Williams was unable to find his way onto the final roster but will remain within the organization as a depth option.

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
No Updates
Carlos Dunlap
News
Dunlap had four tackles (all solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos.

Sunday's performance doubled Dunlap's sack total for the season. The 28-year-old played 60 of 81 defensive snaps and will hope to replicate the those results against the Browns next week.

John Ross
News
Ross (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest in Denver.

Head coach Marvin Lewis critiqued Ross' effort level during the week, noting the rookie wide receiver pulled up on a route down the right sideline last Sunday against the Titans. Consequently, it's no surprise Ross is a healthy scratch, as he's firmly in Lewis' doghouse at the moment. Expect Josh Malone, Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson to see any targets not directed at A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell.

Vincent Rey
News
Rey has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Broncos.

He managed two tackles before exiting the contest. Carl Lawson will continue to fill in for the former Blue Devil.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 vs. Cleveland
Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
News
Vigil accrued nine tackles (six solo) against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Vigil leads the Bengals comfortably with 64 tackles (36 solo) this season, and he has added one sack, four pass breakups and an interception. The second-year pro has posted eight or more tackles in four of the last five contests, proving his long-term IDP value.

Russell Bodine
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
News
Kroft (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Though Kroft has logged just three catches for 16 yards over his last two games, he did score in Week 11 against the Broncos. He's a reasonable lineup option at the tight end position in deeper formats this week, considering that he'll see plenty of snaps against a beatable Cleveland pass defense Sunday.