|Offense||32nd||79.4 (31st)||197.8 (26th)|
|Defense||19th||132.1 (32nd)||213.4 (8th)|
|52||Bell, Brandon||LB||6-1||230||1/9/1995||R||Penn State|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||5||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||4||North Carolina|
|4||Bullock, Randy||K||5-9||214||12/16/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||255||9/24/1990||6||Arizona State|
|16||Core, Cody||WR||6-3||214||4/17/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||205||10/10/1991||4||Michigan State|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||238||4/23/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|43||Iloka, George||FS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||6||Boise State|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|29||McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||5/3/1993||1||North Carolina A&T|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||310||4/25/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||196||10/19/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|26||Shaw, Josh||CB||6-1||190||3/27/1992||3||Southern California|
|59||Vigil, Nick||OLB||6-2||240||8/20/1993||2||Utah State|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||305||2/23/1993||2||Arizona State|
|Williams, Jarveon||RB||5-9||205||1/3/1995||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|75||Willis, Jordan||DE||6-4||260||5/2/1995||R||Kansas State|
|73||Winston, Eric||T||6-7||310||11/17/1983||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|33||Carson, Tra (IR)||RB||5-11||228||10/24/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|85||Eifert, Tyler (IR)||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|32||Hill, Jeremy (IR)||RB||6-1||230||10/20/1992||4||LSU|
|60||Johnson, T.J. (IR)||G||6-4||295||7/17/1990||4||South Carolina|
|24||Jones, Adam (IR)||CB||5-10||185||9/30/1983||11||West Virginia|
|51||Minter, Kevin (IR)||MLB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||5||LSU|
|30||Peerman, Cedric (IR)||RB||5-10||212||10/10/1986||8||Virginia|
|15||Ross, John (IR)||WR||5-11||190||11/27/1994||R||Washington|
|86||Schreck, Mason (IR)||TE||6-5||252||11/4/1993||R||Buffalo|
|Bradford, Carl||LB||6-1||248||8/15/1992||3||Arizona State|
|13||Whitfield, Kermit||WR||5-8||184||10/8/1993||R||Florida State|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ogbuehi exited in the first half and was originally tabbed questionable to return. Veteran Eric Winston will remain at left tackle while the 25-year-old is sidelined.
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.
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.
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.
Atkins missed a few practices this week, but it won't stop him from suiting up and being a key factor in the run defense against Chicago's Jordan Howard.
Green was a non-factor as quarterback Andy Dalton came up short of 150 passing yards for the second consecutive week. This was only the star receiver's fourth game with fewer than 50 yards despite Dalton's struggles, so Green's likely to bounce back next week against the Lions. He'll need 20 receiving yards in that game to top 1,000 for the sixth time in seven NFL seasons.
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.
Sims has been flying under the radar this season, with just one game recording more than five tackles, when he racked up eight (four solo) against the Steelers. In his absence, second-year DT Andrew Billings will take over on the Bengals' defensive front.
Hopkins will fill back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup.
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.
Kirkpatrick will be one of several injured defensive starters who will sit out Week 15, with his absence hurting the Bengals' chances of slowing down the Vikings' talented wideout tandem of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Look for rookie William Jackson and Darqueze Dennard (knee) to serve as the Bengals' starting cornerbacks with Kirkpatrick unavailable.
The Bengals were clearly anticipating this designation, as they promoted fellow rookie running back Jarveon Williams from the practice squad earlier in the day. Mixon's absence will mark his second straight, while he remains in concussion protocol. As a result, Giovani Bernard will presumably continue seeing the majority of the work in the Bengals' backfield, while Brian Hill and the aforementioned Williams could also see some run.
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.
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.
Evans is listed as the starting weak-side linebacker in the absence of Vontaze Burfict (concussion). He was able to rack up 10 tackles (nine solo) in Week 14 against the Bears, but if Evans can't return, expect Hardy Nickerson and Brandon Bell to see extended snaps on defense.
Dennard did not practice Wednesday but was able to finish the week as a full participant. The 26-year-old should see an increased role against the Vikings with Dre Kirkpatrick already ruled out with a concussion.
Fejedelem was allowed his highest snap count of the season because starter Shawn Williams (hamstring) was ruled out. Williams was able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday -- something he couldn't do last week -- so Fejedelem may be snubbed from having another high-caliber performance.
Though Burfict took a step forward in his recovery from the concussion by returning to practice Thursday in a limited fashion, the Bengals determined he wasn't on track to clear the NFL's protocol for head injuries before Sunday. As a result, Burfict will be sidelined for the second straight game, with Jordan Evans likely to pick up most of the reps at weakside linebacker.
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.
Boyd's healthy scratch is yet another black mark in what has been a dreadful season for the second-year wideout, who was held to just one catch for 15 yards on four targets in last week's blowout loss to the Bears. Even with receiver John Ross (knee) failing to make an impact in his rookie campaign before hitting injured reserve, Boyd hasn't been able to gain much traction in the passing game behind A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. Boyd's injury issues and lack of productivity when he's been able to play seem to have enabled Josh Malone and Alex Erickson to surpass him on the depth chart.
Billings tied a season high with four tackles (two solo) in Week 14. If he can't return to Sunday's game, it'll add to the injury woes on the Bengals' defense. Pat Sims and Ryan Glasgow will likely play an extended workload for the rest of the game.
Jackson normally provides depth to the Bengals secondary, but with Darqueze Dennard battling a knee injury, he could see an even higher snap count. Still, the second-year pro has accrued 14 tackles, one sack, seven pass breakups and one interception in his limited role. If Dennard is unable to play, see Jackson as a high-risk, high-reward option for Week 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bullock has gone without a field goal attempt in three of his last five outings, making him a hard player for fantasy owners to trust.
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.
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.
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.
LaFell's team-leading receiving total came mostly courtesy of a 45-yard catch. Little went right for Cincinnati's offense besides that play, as starting quarterback Andy Dalton threw for only 113 yards and backup AJ McCarron added just 19 more after taking over in the fourth quarter.
Malone has only six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown on the season, but he played 33 of 64 offensive snaps in Monday's game, compared to fellow receiver Tyler Boyd's 15 snaps. While Malone appears to be the No. 3 receiver in the Bengals' attack at the moment, neither he nor Boyd are expected to see meaningful target totals over the final four games, even with rookie John Ross (shoulder) out of the picture after landing on injured reserve this week.
Dalton was deservedly benched for AJ McCarron with Cincinnati trailing 34-0 in the fourth quarter. The Red Rifle's first interception was taken to the house by Minnesota's defense, and it's fair to question Dalton's job security after consecutive efforts under 150 passing yards.
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.
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.
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.
Williams' availability is a welcome development for a Cincinnati secondary that will be without the services of two key cornerbacks in Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and Adam Jones (groin), the latter of whom was placed on injured reserve earlier this month. Though he's been sidelined for the last three contests with the hamstring injury, Williams shouldn't face any restrictions Sunday after practicing all three days this week, including a full session Friday.
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.
Bernard's garbage-time, two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter rescued his fantasy day in what was otherwise an embarrassing performance for Cincinnati's offense on the whole. The shifty veteran's been a strong late-season find as the starter in Joe Mixon's (concussion) absence, but the rushing touchdown was his first of the season. Bernard has two receiving scores this year as well.
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.
The carries were the first of the rookie's NFL career. In fact, Hill received his first seven offensive snaps of his career in the game. With both Joe Mixon (concussion) and Giovani Bernard (knee) banged up in practice Wednesday, Hill might garner a closer look by the Bengals in Week 15 against the Vikings.
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. Erickson 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.
Without Iloka, the Bengals will turn to Clayton Fejedelem and Josh Shaw to man the leftover snaps at safety.
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.
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.
With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.
Dunlap suffered the injury in last Sunday's loss to the Bears but was able to finish the week with a full practice Friday. The Bengals' front seven will have a tall task against the Vikings in Week 15 with linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle) both ruled out.
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.
With Rey out, the Bengals currently only have three healthy linebackers -- Hardy Nickerson, Carl Lawson and Brandon Bell. With the game well out of reach, though, there was no rush to get Rey back into the game. If his injury is deemed serious, though, Rey could be in danger of missing his first game since the 2010 season.
The Bengals have resisted moving Vigil to injured reserve, but with the linebacker having failed to practice this week and now set to miss a third consecutive game, his chances to play again before the season ends are dwindling. In addition to Vigil, the Bengals will be missing fellow starting linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Kevin Minter (hamstring) on Sunday, leaving the team woefully thin at the second level.
Kroft's full practice cleared up any concern the Bengals' coaching staff might have had about the tight end's health heading into the weekend. While Kroft should start and see the bulk of the snaps at tight end Sunday, he hasn't been a primary option in the Bengals' passing attack in recent weeks. Over the team's last five games, Kroft has hauled in eight of 16 targets for 60 yards and two scores.