Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th84.0 (28th)227.0 (18th)
Defense2nd103.2 (14th)159.6 (2nd)
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97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
99Billings, Andrew NT6-13253/6/19952Baylor
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
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123010/20/19924LSU
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
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
71Smith, Andre T6-43301/25/19879Alabama
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
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
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
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
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525612/16/1993RPittsburgh
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
 Shelton, Sojourn CB5-917712/25/1994RWisconsin
68Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/1994RColorado
13Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/1993RFlorida State
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129212/29/19922Clemson
40Wilson, Brandon DB5-101997/27/1994RHouston
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
Peerman (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of 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.

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

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
Hewitt (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Even when Hewitt was healthy, his main role was on special teams. In his absence, Cethan Carter may see an increase in snaps, but it likely won't lead to any fantasy production.

Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 7 at Pittsburgh
Josh Shaw
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
The thumb injury Driskel suffered in Thursday's preseason game against the Colts will not require surgery, Katherine Terrell of 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.

Thumb - Injured Reserve
J.J Dielman
Dielman was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of 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.

Josh Tupou
No Updates
Cedric Ogbuehi
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
Minter had ten tackles during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

Minter entered the week with an undisclosed injury but it seems like that's now in the rear-view mirror.

Kermit Whitfield
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
Orndoff was waived by the Lions on Saturday, WXYZ Detroit reports.

The Lions only kept three tight ends, so Orndoff realistically never stood a chance. He probably isn't a candidate for the practice squad either.

Geno Atkins
Atkins had four tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills.

Atkins bounced back after recording only two tackles the previous two weeks, logging his fourth sack of the season and adding a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The division-rival Steelers are up next for Cincinnati following their Week 6 bye.

A.J. Green
Green reeled in seven of 13 targets for 189 yards and a score in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills. He fumbled during the contest.

Green's biggest contribution came early in Sunday's game when he went deep up the right sideline for a 77-yard touchdown. The Bengals look like a new team under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and arguably no one has benefited more than Green. Green has topped 100 yards twice in the three games since Cincinnati's switch and has scored in each. He'll face a tough challenge in keeping the moment going against Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and the Jaguars after next week's bye.

Clint Boling
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
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
Hopkins (knee) practiced without limitations Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Now that he's healthy, Hopkins will slot back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup with the Bills.

Hardy Nickerson
Nickerson was promoted to the Bengals' 53-man roster Monday, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Nickerson has resided on the Bengals' practice squad since Vontaze Burfict returned from his three-game suspension in late September. The 23-year-old takes the roster spot of tight end Tyler Eifert (back), and he will likely assume a role on special teams with the Bengals' linebacker corps currently in full health.

Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Katherine Terrell of reports.

The shoulder injury Kirkpatrick suffered during Sunday's victory over Buffalo must not have been very severe, given his full involvement during the Bengals' first practice of the week. Expect him to start in the Bengals' Week 7 game against the Steelers.

Joe Mixon
Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 win over Buffalo.

Mixon put Cincinnati back on top early in the fourth quarter when he bounced his run outside and got around the edge for a five-yard score. The controversial second-round pick has drawn his fair share of criticism early in the season for underwhelming in a featured role, averaging just 2.8 yards per rush thus far. Still, it is clear that the Bengals are ready to eschew their former two-headed monster of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill for the more complete Mixon. The rookie has averaged 19 touches per game over the past three weeks. Hill and Bernard have been limited to, respectively, 19 and 15 touches total during that same span.

T.J. Johnson
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
Lawson led the team with 2.5 sacks during Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss against Green Bay.

Lawson struggled to make noise in the first two games of the season, but he was able to make an impact Sunday. His pressure was consistent throughout the course of the game, as his 2.5 sacks attest. Whether this is a step in the right direction or a blip on the radar is yet to be determined, however.

Jordan Evans
No Updates
Darqueze Dennard
Dennard recorded a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and one sack in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Packers.

It was by far the most productive game for Dennard this season, who had just seven total tackles through the first two games. Dennard played 52 of the Bengals' 70 defensive snaps Sunday, as he is still behind both Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick in the team's pecking order.

Clayton Fejedelem
Fejedelem (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Fejedelem had been dealing with a hamstring issue that kept him limited in practice Wednesday, but after a full session Thursday, he should be a full for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers.

Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
Wilson (knee) has been activated from the non-football injury list and is now eligible to practice and play, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The 2017 seventh-round pick will have a few practices and one preseason game Thursday in Indianapolis to prove he can be a capable safety in the league. His most likely way onto the 53-man roster is taking the special teams route, though.

Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
Burfict had 13 tackles (10 solo) and a sack in Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Bills.

Burfict looked like his usual self in his second game of the season with three tackles for loss and a pass defensed, in addition to his first sack of the season. The Bengals have an upcoming bye week prior to a Week 7 matchup with division-rival Pittsburgh.

Tyler Boyd
Boyd (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

With Boyd out and John Ross no lock to be active this week, look for the Bengals' Week 7 wideout corps to be led by A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, with Alex Erickson and Cody Core also in the mix. Moreover, rookie Josh Malone is a candidate Sunday to be active for the first time this season.

Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 7 at Pittsburgh
Andrew Billings
Billings has fully recovered from last summer's training camp knee injury, 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
Jackson is a candidate to start in Week 1's game against the Ravens due to Adam Jones's one-game suspension,'s Katherine Terrell reports.

Jackson has received a lot of reps in the preseason to help make up for missing his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral. His competition for the start is Darqueze Dennard, though both will log significant playing time.

Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
No Updates
Ryan Glasgow
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
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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Derron Smith
Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Smith participated fully at practice Friday after being limited earlier in the week, so it would seem he is progressing in the right direction to play Sunday. The 25-year-old has not seen game action since Week 2, and he would likely be limited to a special teams role if he's able to play against the Steelers this week.

Ankle - Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 7 at Pittsburgh
Jeremy Hill
Hill once again got the start for the Bengals on Sunday against the Bills but had just four carries for 16 yards with no targets in the passing game.

For some reason, the Bengals feel compelled to use Hill on their first offensive series, but when it mattered most, it was Joe Mixon in the game.

Mason Schreck
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.

Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Randy Bullock
Bullock nailed both of his field-goal attempts and his two extra points in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills. For the season he is 7-for-8 on field-goal tries.

An added bonus for Bullock was that four of his five kickoffs were downed for touchbacks, with the fifth returned for a mere 17 yards. He hasn't been asked to do much in five weeks -- attempting only two kicks beyond 40 yards -- but he's filled his role competently.

Jordan Willis
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
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.

Back - Injured Reserve
Cody Core
Core (ankle) was back in pads for Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group reports.

Core was sidelined for the Bengals' most recent preseason matchup against the Chiefs. However, he appears to have recovered from the ankle injury that was holding him back. He's looking for a bigger role with the team, so more practice time will be advantageous for him. Still, a depth receiver and a special teams role figures to be his most likely destination.

Brandon LaFell
LaFell caught five passes for 32 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills.

A couple of those receptions came late on shuffle passes to help move the chains, which obviously are going to result in fewer yards per target. LaFell isn't often targeted downfield in this offense, though the injury to Tyler Boyd (knee) could create a few extra opportunities, especially if John Ross (knee) can't return after the bye.

Josh Malone
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
Dalton (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of reports.

As expected, Cincinnati's bye week gave Dalton plenty of time to recover from the minor ankle injury he suffered in a 20-16 win over the Bills in Week 5. Per Terrell, Dalton said he's pain-free as the Bengals prepare for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

Michael Johnson
Johnson recorded four tackles (all solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Bills.

The Bengals defense harassed Tyrod Taylor throughout the afternoon and Johnson led the way with two of the team's six sacks. Cincinnati has a Week 6 bye and then travel to face division-rival Pittsburgh on the road.

Chris Smith
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
Williams (elbow) doesn't appear on the Bengals' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Williams injured his elbow in Week 5 against the Bills but evidently returned to full health during the Bengals' Week 6 bye. He appears all set to man his usual starting spot at strong safety Sunday.

C.J. Uzomah
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
Bernard caught two passes for 30 yards and added two yards on two carries in Sunday's 20-16 win over Buffalo.

Bernard has now caught at least two passes in four consecutive weeks, though his two-game streak with a touchdown reception was snapped on Sunday. The shifty back's abilities in the passing game make him a little less susceptible to the emergence of rookie Joe Mixon than fellow veteran Jeremy Hill, but make no mistake: It's Mixon's time in Cincinnati, and any damage Bernard manages will be accomplished with limited opportunities. He has yet to top eight touches in a game this season.

AJ McCarron
The Bengals aren't willing to trade McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick,'s Ian Rapoport reports.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said last month a trade is unlikely, as the Bengals seemingly value McCarron more than any other team does. The 26-year-old quarterback did a nice job filling in for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season, but he wasn't so impressive as to justify parting ways with a first-round pick. McCarron's value does get a boost from the possibility his 2014 campaign won't count as an accrued season, which would allow the team to keep him on his rookie contract through 2018. The 2014 fifth-round selection was on the Non-Football Injury list until Week 14 as a rookie while he recovered from a lingering shoulder issue he suffered before joining the team. McCarron doesn't expect to get a decision on the contract issue until next year, and he said he's at peace with his current situation in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While he'd probably prefer to be traded to a team which would give him a shot at the starting job, he still reported for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.

Alex Erickson
Erickson brought in four of six targets for 62 yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

Despite promising rookie John Ross (knee) being active for his first NFL contest, it was surprisingly Erickson who stepped up to serve as an effective complement to the trio of A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Brandon LaFell. The second-year wideout saw just eight targets in his rookie campaign, bringing in six of them for 71 yards. His degree of involvement moving forward remains to be seen, as both Tyler Boyd (hamstring) and Ross remain ahead of him on the depth chart and project to have much more consistent roles in the offense.

George Iloka
Iloka (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of 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
Jones (back) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Jones played just 15 snaps in each of the last two games, so even if he suits up, don't expect him to play enough to make a serious impact. Darqueze Dennard and Josh Shaw will likely be pressed into slightly larger roles in the secondary in Week 7 if Jones is in fact sidelined.

Back - Did Not Practice on Friday. Doubtful for Week 7 at Pittsburgh
Jarveon Williams
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
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
Dunlap made three tackles (all solo) and had one sack in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Packers.

It was Dunlap's first sack of the season, and he also had a pair of quarterback hits as the Bengals abused Aaron Rodgers behind a depleted offensive line. The veteran defensive end finally showed up after recording only five tackles across the first two games and will look for another strong showing against the Falcons.

John Ross
Though Ross (knee) was full participant in practice Friday, he's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Ross, who has been limited this season to the five offensive snaps he saw in Week 2, is inching toward a return to action, but in any case, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft will probably need to turn in a full and productive game before gaining traction in fantasy circles. Down the road though, Ross's blazing speed should result in him developing into a dangerous playmaker in the Bengals' offense. If he suits up Sunday against the Steelers, Ross would likely be in store for a somewhat restricted snap count as he eases back in from a three-game absence.

Knee - Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 7 at Pittsburgh
Vincent Rey
Rey racked up 11 tackles (six solo) against the Texans on Thursday.

Rey continues to fill the void that Vontaze Burfict (suspension) has left. Due to his contributions, expect Rey to still see his fair share of snaps once Burfict returns, even if it's not at the same volume.

Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
Vigil had nine tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills.

Vigil has worked his way onto the IDP radar in his second season, as he leads the Bengals with 43 tackles (24 solo) through five games. Cincinnati tangles with the Steelers following their Week 6 bye.

Russell Bodine
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
Kroft is expected to serve as the Bengals' starting tight end for the foreseeable future after Tyler Eifert (back) decided to undergo season-ending surgery and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Kroft had already impressed in his three-game run in a starting role with 13 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and now he'll receive the opportunity to show the Bengals that he could be a long-term answer at the position. Though Eifert has been incredibly effective when healthy during his four NFL seasons, health issues have limited his reliability and could make the Bengals reluctant to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent this offseason. Kroft's continued success amid Eifert's absence would likely go a long way toward determining how the Bengals address the position in the offseason. With his snap count now seemingly secure for the rest of the season, Kroft may be worth a pickup in leagues where he's still available.


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