Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd79.4 (31st)197.8 (26th)
Defense19th132.1 (32nd)213.4 (8th)
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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
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
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
94Smith, Chris DE6-12662/11/19924Arkansas
68Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/1994RColorado
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
 Williams, 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
Practice Squad
 Bradford, Carl LB6-12488/15/19923Arizona State
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525612/16/1993RPittsburgh
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
 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 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
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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi (shoulder) will not return to Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 16 vs. Detroit
Andre Smith
No Updates
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 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 (toe) has avoided the inactive list Sunday against the Bears.

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.

A.J. Green
News
Green caught two of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Minnesota.

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.

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 hurt his calf Sunday against the Jaguars and is doubtful to return, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

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) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
Joe Mixon
News
The Bengals have downgraded Mixon (concussion) to out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
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
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
News
Evans injured his forearm Sunday against the Vikings and is questionable to return, Richard Skinner of WKRC-TV reports.

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.

Injury
Forearm - Questionable for Week 16 vs. Detroit
Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Clayton Fejedelem
News
Fejedelem played 57 of 76 defensive snaps, posting 11 tackles (six solo) against the Bears on Sunday.

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.

Christian Westerman
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
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 (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
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 (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
Andrew Billings
News
Billings hurt his right leg during Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson (toe) practiced without limitations Thursday and is in line to play Sunday against the Browns, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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.

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 16 vs. Detroit
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
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 did not attempt a field goal but made his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears.

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.

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 caught two of six targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Vikings.

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.

Josh Malone
News
Malone caught both his targets for nine yards in Monday's 23-20 loss to the Steelers.

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.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 11 of 22 passes for 113 yards and two interceptions without a touchdown or rushing attempt in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Vikings.

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.

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 (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

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 rushed 14 times for 30 yards and a touchdown while turning five targets into three catches for 13 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss at Minnesota.

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.

AJ McCarron
News
The Bengals aren't willing to trade McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick, NFL.com'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.

Brian Hill
News
Hill had two carries for eight yards and a two-yard reception on his only target in Sunday's loss to the Bears.

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.

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. 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.

George Iloka
News
Iloka (shoulder) won't return to Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Without Iloka, the Bengals will turn to Clayton Fejedelem and Josh Shaw to man the leftover snaps at safety.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 16 vs. Detroit
Adam Jones
News
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.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Jarveon Williams
News
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
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
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Dunlap (chest) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

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 is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Vikings with a jaw injury, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Injury
Jaw - Questionable for Week 16 vs. Detroit
Cethan Carter
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Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
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Vigil (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 15 at Minnesota
Russell Bodine
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
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Kroft (hamstring) turned in a full practice Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.