Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd85.4 (30th)195.1 (26th)
Defense18th127.9 (29th)211.2 (10th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
52Bell, Brandon LB6-12301/9/1995RPenn State
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
6Driskel, Jeff QB6-42384/23/19932Louisiana Tech
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
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72802/7/19879Georgia Tech
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 WR6-22083/21/1996RTennessee
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32159/13/19903Alabama
29McRae, Tony CB5-101855/3/19931North Carolina A&T
28Mixon, Joe RB6-12287/24/1996ROklahoma
72Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/19931Cincinnati
56Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02351/5/1994RIllinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
76Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
62Redmond, Alex G6-53301/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02459/6/19877Duke
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119610/19/19932Notre Dame
26Shaw, Josh CB6-11903/27/19923Southern California
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
94Smith, Chris DE6-12662/11/19924Arkansas
68Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/1994RColorado
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
63Westerman, Christian G6-33052/23/19932Arizona State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
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
85Eifert, Tyler (IR) TE6-62559/8/19905Notre Dame
32Hill, Jeremy (IR) RB6-123010/20/19924LSU
60Johnson, T.J. (IR) G6-42957/17/19904South Carolina
24Jones, Adam (IR) CB5-101859/30/198311West Virginia
51Minter, Kevin (IR) MLB6-024612/3/19905LSU
30Peerman, Cedric (IR) RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
15Ross, John (IR) WR5-1119011/27/1994RWashington
86Schreck, Mason (IR) TE6-525211/4/1993RBuffalo
71Smith, Andre (IR) T6-43301/25/19879Alabama
59Vigil, Nick (IR) OLB6-22408/20/19932Utah State
Practice Squad
 Bradford, Carl LB6-12488/15/19923Arizona State
 Brown, Jon K5-1020212/7/1992RLouisville
 Harris, Connor LB5-112426/22/1993RLindenwood
 Leamon, Javarius T6-73324/16/1993RSouth Carolina State
 Omoile, Oni G6-23106/24/19931Iowa State
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525612/16/1993RPittsburgh
 Shelton, Sojourn CB5-917712/25/1994RWisconsin
 Therezie, Robenson DB5-92128/5/19913Auburn
13Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/1993RFlorida State
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 participant during Thursday's practice session.

Hewitt started the week as a limited participant and did not carry an injury designation into last Sunday's win over the Lions. The 26-year-old appears on track to play Week 17, barring a setback at Friday's practice.

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
Driskel (thumb) will return to practice Wednesday.

Driskel was placed on injured reserve at the beginning of the regular season after injuring his thumb in the Bengals' preseason finale. If the Bengals decide to move the rookie quarterback to the active roster for the final weeks of the season, he will likely assume the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.

Injury
Thumb - Injured Reserve
Josh Tupou
News
Tupou was promoted to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Tupou fills the spot that wideout John Ross (shoulder) left behind when he was placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie played in just one game this season against Jacksonville, but he didn't play at all on defense or special teams. Tupou isn't expected to play much, if at all, Sunday against the Bears either.

Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Ogbuehi will miss his second straight game since leaving the Week 14 meeting with the Vikings early. Expect Justin Murray to continue filling in at right tackle.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Andre Smith
News
The Bengals placed Smith (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Smith, who's nursing a sprained knee, was injured on the last play of Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to Lauren Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News. He'll now finish out the remainder of his one-year contract on IR. It's unclear what sort of market will await the soon-to-be 31-year-old.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Kevin Minter
News
Minter (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Friday, ending his season, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

This season has been difficult for Minter, whether it's the elbow injury that kept him out four weeks in the middle of the campaign, or this sudden hamstring injury that will sideline him for the remaining three contests. The fifth-year pro had 32 tackles (16 solo) through nine games. Vincent Rey will likely fill in at middle linebacker for a battered Bengals linebacker corps.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Kermit Whitfield
News
Whitfield signed a reserve/future contract with the Bengals on Monday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

At 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds, Whitfield, who went undrafted out of Florida State in 2017, projects as a slot man at the NFL level. He'll be evaluated during the Bengals' offseason program but faces long odds to make the squad's Week 1 roster in 2018.

Scott Orndoff
News
The Bengals signed Orndoff to a reserve/future contract Monday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Orndoff finished the 2017 campaign as a member of the Cincinnati practice squad and will likely get a shot to compete for a roster spot in training camp this summer. The Pittsburgh product is still awaiting his NFL debut after going undrafted last April.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins finished the season with nine sacks and 46 total tackles.

Though he was quiet in Week 17 against the Ravens, this was another strong season for Atkins. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons, which is pretty strong for a defensive tackle.

A.J. Green
News
Green will skip the Pro Bowl, as he tends to a minor knee injury, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Green's knee issue is something that is expected to be resolved by rest, with the report indicating that the wideout's availability for the Bengals' spring workouts shouldn't be impacted. Green logged 75 catches (on 145 targets) for 1,078 yards and eight TDs this past season, decent but not spectacular numbers for the 2011 first-rounder, who turns 30 at the end of July. Looking ahead, Green remains entrenched as his team's top pass-catching weapon, but a 7-9 record this past season presumably foreshadows a fair degree of offseason personnel changes for Cincinnati. Specifically, look for a re-tooling of the team's offensive line and a changing of the guard at tight end could be on tap, with Tyler Eifert set to become an unrestricted free agent. Moreover, John Ross, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft played just 17 snaps as a rookie, and if the young wideout can stay healthy enough to capitalize on his blinding speed, Green could be flanked a legitimate big-play threat in 2018.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

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
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 (concussion) was a full participant at Friday's practice and is expected to play Sunday against the Lions.

Kirkpatrick has cleared the league's concussion protocol after missing the Bengals' past two games due to his head injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at cornerback across from William Jackson III in Week 16.

Joe Mixon
News
Mixon rushed 18 times for 96 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.

Mixon was rolling in the first half with 14 carries for 77 yards, but he also lost a second quarter fumble. The Bengals offense stalled for much of the second half until their game-winning drive in the game's final minute, which the rookie watched from the sideline. The 96 rushing yards are Mixon's second-highest total of the season, and allow him to finish on a high note after dealing with a concussion and ankle injury in December.

T.J. Johnson
News
The Bengals placed Johnson on injured reserve Saturday due to a neck injury, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Johnson popped up on Friday's injury report with a pectoral injury, which now appears to be a relatively serious issue. His absence for the remainder of the season means Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman could see some extra work providing depth on the interior of the offensive line should any starters obtain injuries. Expect an update on Johnson's status if the team provides more clarity on his injury.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Carl Lawson
News
Lawson finished his rookie season with 8.5 sacks, but only 16 tackles.

Lawson was used almost exclusively as an outside rusher, and did it from a linebacker slot because the Bengals used a 3-4 formation. In most of your IDP leagues, you need a baseline of tackles from your linebackers to have a weekly floor. The exception would be in leagues where you use multiple players at each defensive position.

Jordan Evans
News
Evans (concussion) was a full participant at the Bengals' practice Thursday.

Evans sustained the concussion in Sunday's win over the Lions and was a limited participant Wednesday. Full practice participation is obviously a good sign, but the 27-year-old is not yet officially clear of the concussion protocol and should be considered day-to-day until he fully clears it.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard had a pick-six in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

Dennard finished the season with 85 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, with that one touchdown from Week 17. The Bengals relied on the 2014 first-round pick out of Michigan State a lot more than they had in his previous three seasons, as he played more snaps on defense (901) than in his previous three years combined.

Clayton Fejedelem
News
Fejedelem was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a wrist injury, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Fejedelem sustained the injury in the second half Sunday and was subsequently ruled out, although the severity of the injury is unknown. Josh Shaw is in at safety for the Bengals with Shawn Williams doubtful with a back injury.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
News
Wilson (hamstring) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Wilson was forced to sit out Week 14's game against the Bears due to a hamstring injury. The safety was signed off the Bengals' practice squad in early November and is mainly a contributor on special teams.

Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict (shoulder) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Burfict was listed as doubtful after not participating at practice this week so it's unsurprising to see him downgraded as the Bengals try to play spoiler in Week 17. Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson should both see increased snaps at weak-side linebacker as Burfict's injury-marred 2017 season -- one that also included a suspension -- officially comes to an end.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tony McRae
News
The Bengals promoted McRae to the 53-man roster Saturday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

McRae was called up to help provide cornerback depth due to Adam Jones (groin) landing on injured reserve. He will presumably back up William Jackson III in the secondary while offering assistance on special teams.

Tyler Boyd
News
Boyd caught five of seven targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.

Boyd broke free on fourth down in the final minute for a 49-yard touchdown from Andy Dalton to give the Bengals the lead, and ultimately ending their division rival's playoff hopes. The second-year receiver had set a season high in yardage even before catching the game-winner, and finished the season with his two best performances in what was a largely sub-par sophomore campaign.

Andrew Billings
News
Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."

Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko an unrestricted free agent.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
Oni Omoile
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Jackson has seen an increased workload since Adam Jones (groin) was placed on injured reserve. In his last four games, he's accrued 12 tackles (nine solo) and six pass breakups. If Jackson is unable to play Sunday, expect Tony McRae to see an increased workload in his place.

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 the start of training camp
Javarius Leamon
No Updates
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.

Carl Bradford
News
The Bills informed Bradford he was being cut Saturday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

Bradford was competing for an opportunity to provide depth at middle linebacker, but ultimately lost the competition. If the 25-year-old does not land on the team's practice squad he will be left to look for another opportunity elsewhere.

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
Jon Brown
News
The Bengals signed Brown to a reserve/future contract Monday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Brown, who finished the season as a member of the Bengals' practice squad, could get the opportunity to compete with Randy Bullock for the team's kicking gig during training camp. The 25-year-old Brown has yet to make his NFL debut.

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
Bullock made his only field goal attempt and four extra points in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

Bullock finished the season 18-of-20 on field goal attempts and 31-of-33 extra point attempts, while missing one game due to injury. Meanwhile on kickoffs, 46.2% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. The Bengals let rookie Jake Elliott go, and Elliott ultimately had a good season for the Eagles, but their overall stats were comparable.

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 was a healthy scratch the final two weeks of the season and ended the campaign without a catch, with almost all of his action coming on special teams.

Core was already on the fringe of the offense before the Bengals drafted two wide receivers in 2017. He's at risk of losing his roster spot in 2018.

Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell had two catches for 35 yards on four targets in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens. He finished the season with 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite the Bengals spending a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver (John Ross) this year and a second-round pick on Tyler Boyd last year, LaFell remained the Bengals' #2 option in the passing game, albeit with diminishing returns. His yards per reception dropped a full three yards, from 13.5 to 10.5, and his touchdowns were cut in half. If he sticks around next year, look for his reps to be cut in favor of Boyd and Ross.

Josh Malone
News
Malone (ankle) did not return to the Bengals' Week 17 finale against the Ravens. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Malone last caught a pass in Week 13, on the play where the Steelers' Ryan Shazier got hurt. The fourth-round rookie finished with six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. While there's time for development from Malone, he'll be behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross for sure, and Brandon LaFell if the Bengals bring him back too.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 23 of 44 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.

Dalton had difficulty connecting with A.J. Green (two catches on 10 targets) and struggled throughout most of the second half, but came up clutch in the final minutes. A 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd gave the Bengals the lead with only 53 seconds remaining, and ultimately knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs. Cincinnati certainly didn't have the 2017 season they would have envisioned, but were able to play season spoiler for division-rival Baltimore, and Dalton finished with one of his better performances of the year.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson recorded six tackles (four solo) and two sacks Sunday against the Bears.

Johnson logged 56 of 76 defensive snaps Sunday, the most of any Bengals' defensive linemen. He'll have a tough time accruing more sacks in Week 15 against the Vikings, since QB Case Keenum is second in the league with a sack on just 3.58 percent of his dropbacks.

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
News
Bell was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Friday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

This move comes in the wake of Kevin Minter (hamstring) being placed on injured reserve, while starter Nick Vigil (ankle) and Vontaze Burfict (concussion) will also be out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. The need for depth was evident, but Bell will be one of five healthy linebackers in Cincinnati, which may afford him some defensive snaps. Still, the undrafted rookie has no NFL experience, so Sunday will serve as a good litmus test of his abilities.

Robenson Therezie
News
Therezie signed with the Jets on Sunday.

The Jets have been dealing with some secondary issues and are hoping Therezie can fill in as a depth option on the back end of the defense. Therezie still remains a long shot to make the final roster, but he'll have the chance to earn a spot on special teams.

Shawn Williams
News
Williams is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens with a back injury.

Williams delivered a handful of big hits before exiting in the second half, but it's unclear when the injury was actually sustained. Josh Shaw has stepped in at safety with Clayton Fejedelem ruled out with a wrist injury.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah had one catch for seven yards on two targets in the Bengals' season finale win over the Ravens.

Uzomah had six of his 10 catches over the last three games, including his single touchdown reception. Tyler Eifert will be back, at least for a little while, next season so Uzomah will revert back to the third tight end on the team.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard had 10 carries for 52 yards along with six receptions for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

With Joe Mixon back in action, Bernard had to relinquish a lot of snaps early on in the game, but took over on passing downs, especially late in the game. This game was a potentially good preview of how he and Mixon will operate together next season. After being a forgotten asset early on, Bernard rallied to have a productive final five weeks of the season. He ended with 458 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He also once again was productive in the passing game with 43 receptions for 389 yards and two more touchdowns.

AJ McCarron
News
McCarron will receive an arbitration ruling Feb. 15 on his grievance to become an unrestricted free agent, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

A fifth-round pick out of Alabama in 2014, McCarron never accrued an official rookie season after beginning his career on the reserve/Non-Football Injury list before joining the 53-man roster for only three regular-season and one postseason contest that year. Since players must accrue four NFL seasons before reaching unrestricted free agency, McCarron is eager to have his status changed this offseason due to the higher leverage he would have in negotiations for a new contract. If the Bengals lose their rights to McCarron, he would likely pursue his options elsewhere in pursuit of a more legitimate starting opportunity.

Justin Murray
News
Murray signed a contract with the Bengals on Wednesday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Murray was signed off the Saints' practice squad to fill the roster spot of fellow tackle Andre Smith (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Monday. The second-year player brings no prior NFL experience to the table and will be a depth option along the offensive line.

Brian Hill
News
Hill was on the field for 28 snaps in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens, but did not have a carry nor a target in the passing game.

The fifth-round rookie out of Wyoming finishes the season with 11 carries for 37 yards, along with two catches for 36 yards. He'll most likely remain the Bengals' third-string running back next season behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard, with Jeremy Hill likely departing via free agency.

Alex Erickson
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Erickson didn't factor in the passing game in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens, but was once again their primary return man.

For the season, Erickson had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. He also had 663 kick return yards and 278 punt return yards. He'll likely resume as the Bengals' top return man in 2018.

George Iloka
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Iloka was suspended for one game following his hit on Antonio Brown in Monday night's loss to the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Iloka hit Brown with a helmet-to-helmet collision as the superstar wideout caught the game-tying touchdown pass in Monday night's contest. With fellow safety Shawn Williams still dealing with a hamstring injury, the Bengals could be fairly light on depth in the secondary for Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Iloka, however, does plan to appeal his suspension.

Adam Jones
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Jones (groin) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Jones suffered the injury while recording his first interception of the season in last week's loss to the Steelers. The 34-year-old will finish his 11th season with 23 tackles (19 solo), four passes defended and one pick. Williams Jackson III will presumably replace him at cornerback.

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Groin - Injured Reserve
Jarveon Williams
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Williams was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Saturday, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Williams has spent the entirety of his rookie season on the Bengals' practice unit, but will get the opportunity to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Vikings. It looks like the Bengals were looking to add depth to their running back corps, as starter Joe Mixon (concussion) is considered questionable for the contest. Williams does not figure to have much of an impact on offense, but he could receive an opportunity to impress via special teams.

DeShawn Williams
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Williams has been waived by the Bengals.

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

Connor Harris
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Kevin Huber
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Carlos Dunlap
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Dunlap had a sack in the Bengals' Week 17 win over Baltimore, giving him 7.5 sacks on the season.

Dunlap's sack total is a little disappointing, though looking over the last five years, his 13.5 sacks in 2015 look like the outlier. Dunlap also had an interception that he returned for a touchdown this season.

John Ross
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Ross, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, is expected to require surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Ross previously underwent surgery on his right shoulder shortly after running a 4.22 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine, but the procedure didn't impact his draft stock with the Bengals nabbing him with the No. 9 overall pick in April. He resumed practicing in the second week of training camp, but then suffered a knee injury in the Bengals' preseason finale and subsequently missed five of the first six weeks of the regular season. Ross ultimately played just 17 snaps on offense in three appearances this season, with head coach Marvin Lewis keeping him out of the lineup for four of the team's last five contests. Lewis indicated Ross would reenter the game plan Sunday against Chicago, but the Bengals instead placed the speedy rookie on injured reserve after Wednesday's workout. It sounds like the upcoming procedure is considered minor, which bodes well for Ross' chances to make a full recovery before OTAs begin next spring. His medical history remains a massive concern, as he entered the league with an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfacture surgery on his record before undergoing his first shoulder surgery.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Injured Reserve
Vincent Rey
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Rey had 10 tackles in the season finale against the Ravens, giving him 85 tackles for the season, with no sacks and one interception.

Rey's tackle count nearly perfectly correlated with absences from Vontaze Burfict. Burfict missed the first three games due to suspension, and Rey had 28 tackles. Burfict missed three of the last four games with injuries, and Rey had 27 more tackles. In between, Rey had only 30 tackles, though he missed two games of his own in that span. Rey's upside is capped, as he's not a pass-rusher or pass-defender. If he's not racking up big tackle numbers, he's not particularly helpful as an IDP.

Cethan Carter
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Clark Harris
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Nick Vigil
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Vigil (ankle) was placed on injured reserve by the Bengals on Friday.

Vigil had not practiced since suffering the ankle injury against the Browns in Week 12, and it was only a matter of time until he landed on IR. Linebacker Brandon Bell was added to the Bengals' roster last week to help bolster the team's linebacker depth, but he's unlikely to play a noteworthy defensive role.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Russell Bodine
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Tyler Kroft
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Kroft had six receptions for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.

Kroft exploded in the first half with five catches for 50 yards and both touchdowns, but fell silent in the second half with the rest of the Bengals offense. It's the first time since Week 9 the 25-year-old had more than 30 receiving yards and was his first touchdown since Week 12. The return of Tyler Eifert (back) in 2018 should limit Kroft's fantasy potential as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract.