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
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
60Johnson, T.J. G6-42957/17/19904South Carolina
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
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
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
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
24Jones, Adam (IR) CB5-101859/30/198311West Virginia
30Peerman, Cedric (IR) RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
15Ross, John (IR) WR5-1119011/27/1994RWashington
86Schreck, Mason (IR) TE6-525211/4/1993RBuffalo
Practice Squad
13Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/1993RFlorida State
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
52Bell, Brandon LB6-12301/9/1995RPenn State
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129212/29/19922Clemson
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
 Shelton, Sojourn CB5-917712/25/1994RWisconsin
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525612/16/1993RPittsburgh
 Dielman, J.J C6-530012/16/1993RUtah
 Bradford, Carl LB6-12488/15/19923Arizona State
 
 
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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
J.J Dielman
News
Dielman was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

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

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 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.

Injury
Shoulder - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
Andre Smith
No Updates
Kevin Minter
News
Minter (elbow) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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

Kermit Whitfield
News
Whitfield signed with the Bengals on Saturday.

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

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

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

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins (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 five of 12 targets for 64 yards and a lost fumble in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears.

Green made his first two receptions on what would be the Bengals' lone scoring drive of the day, after failing to connect with Andy Dalton on any of their first three attempts. The 29-year-old caught two passes of 18 or more yards on the first drive of the fourth quarter, but fumbled the second away and wasn't able to reel more targets in after that. Things probably won't get any easier in Week 15 when he'll likely be shadowed by the Vikings' Xavier Rhodes.

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.

Injury
Heel - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
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) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

Kirkpatrick has yet to clear the league's protocol after suffering a concussion in Week 13. With fellow cornerback Darqueze Denard also absent from Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue, the Bengals could have a thin secondary for Week 15.

Injury
Concussion - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
Joe Mixon
News
Mixon (concussion) remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and isn't taking part in practice Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Though Owczarski reported prior to the session that Mixon was present for the start or practice and looked to be progressing, the running back's lack of involvement doesn't offer much assurance that he'll be ready to return from a one-game absence. With the Bengals due to practice again Thursday and Friday, Mixon will have a couple more chances to improve his outlook heading into Sunday's game against the Vikings, but regardless of his participation level in those sessions, he'll need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist before being removed from the protocol. If Mixon is sidelined for a second straight game, Giovani Bernard would be in store for another sizable workload as the Bengals' feature back.

Injury
Concussion - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
T.J. Johnson
News
Johnson hurt his neck Sunday against the Browns, but it proved not to be serious, as he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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

Carl Lawson
News
Lawson notched 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 30-16 victory over the Browns.

The sacks accounted for Lawson's only tackles of the game, in which he played 33 of 70 defensive snaps. The rookie fourth-round pick has seven sacks but only 10 total tackles, making him the ultimate boom-or-bust option.

Jordan Evans
News
Evans had 10 tackles (nine solo) against the Bears on Sunday.

Evans was able to play 68 of 76 defensive snaps Sunday, but it was only because Vontaze Burfict (concussion) sat out. Burfict still wasn't practicing Wednesday, and if he doesn't play again, expect Evans to have another chance to post another solid showing against the Vikings in Week 15.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers.

Dennard missed practice the first two days of the week, but returned Friday and was given a "questionable" designation leading up to the Week 14 matchup. He's now set to take the field, continuing his streak of playing in every game this season.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
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
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) did not participate at the Bengals' practice Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Burfict has not practiced since sustaining the concussion against the Steelers in Week 13, and his status for Sunday's game in Minnesota is severely in doubt. The Bengals are already short-handed at linebacker with Nick Vigil (ankle) a candidate for injured reserve, and could be forced to do some roster tweaking should Burfict be unavailable.

Injury
Concussion - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable 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 saw 30 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears, twice what he had each of the previous two weeks, but had just one catch for 15 yards on four targets.

Boyd is still at best a tertiary option for the Bengals, which is disappointing considering that he was a second-round pick a year ago, and John Ross barely saw the field before going on the IR.

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

After falling to the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Billings suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Now back to full strength, the Baylor product will have a chance to compete for a starting job this summer given the recent release of long-time Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson (toe) 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 15 at Minnesota
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 three of six pass attempts for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears.

The 14-yard touchdown catch capped off the Bengals' only scoring drive of the day and gave them the lead briefly. But the Bears' defense smothered A.J. Green and LaFell the rest of the way, leaving the 31-year-old with his worst yardage total since Week 4. With Green likely to draw the attention of Xavier Rhodes in Week 15 at Minnesota, LaFell should see a few more open looks.

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 14 of 29 pass attempts for 141 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The Bengals took a 7-6 lead after Dalton's touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell late in the first quarter, but it was all Bears after that. Dalton missed out on some potential garbage-time stats as he was replaced by AJ McCarron with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter. The TCU product is not a recommended option in another tough matchup at Minnesota in Week 15.

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
No Updates
Shawn Williams
News
Williams (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Williams, who will miss his third straight game Sunday, will be one of three secondary starters unavailable for the contest due to injury. It's expected that Clayton Fejedelem and Josh Shaw will see most of the snaps at strong safety in place of Williams.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
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 (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Bernard should be available for Sunday's road game against the Vikings, but his Week 15 fantasy upside largely hinges on the status of fellow running back Joe Mixon, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday.

Injury
Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
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 Wyoming rookie's career. In fact, he received his first seven offensive snaps of his career in the game. With both Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard banged up in practice Wednesday, Hill might garner a closer look by the Bengals this week.

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's one-game suspension was overturned Wednesday in an appeal, making the safety eligible to play Sunday against the Bears.

Iloka was handed the ban from the NFL after driving his head into the helmet of Steelers wideout Antonio Brown while attempting to break up a touchdown reception in the Bengals' 23-20 loss Monday. Though he'll be on the field in Week 14, Iloka was still levied a $36,464.50 fine for the illegal hit.

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 eleventh season with 23 tackles (19 solo), four passes defended, and one pick.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Jarveon Williams
News
Williams signed with the Bengals practice squad.

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

DeShawn Williams
News
Williams has been waived by the Bengals.

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

Kevin Huber
No Updates
Carlos Dunlap
News
Dunlap left Sunday's game against the Bears with a chest injury and is questionable to return.

Dunlap has 3.5 sacks in his last three matchups prior to Sunday, and he's consistently logging near full snap counts. For the time being, Chris Smith and Jordan Willis will slot in at defensive end.

Injury
Chest - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota
John Ross
News
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 (hamstring) is not on the inactive list Sunday against the Packers.

Rey hasn't taken the field since logging 10 defensive snaps in Week 11, but with starting linebackers Nick Vigil (ankle) and Vontaze Burfict (concussion) inactive, he could be in for an expanded workload in Week 14.

Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
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The Bengals are considering placing Vigil (ankle) on injured reserve.

Vigil has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, his second consecutive missed game after injuring his ankle against the Browns in Week 12. At this point being placed on IR seems likely to be a matter of time, with linebacker Brandon Bell a potential candidate to be promoted from the Bengals practice squad.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Out for Week 15 at Minnesota
Russell Bodine
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
News
Kroft (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Though Kroft was on the field for 45 of 54 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears, he did not catch a pass in the contest. That's two straight quiet fantasy efforts for the tight end, who looks like a TD-dependent dart Sunday against the Vikings, that is if he is able bounce back quickly from his hamstring issue.

Injury
Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 15 at Minnesota