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 Latest Bengals Player Notes
Apr 12 2018 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Thursday. The suspension had been reported a month ago, but Burfict attempted to appeal the decision based on his claim that the medication he was prescribed for a concussion he suffered during the 2017 season resulted in the failed test, according to the New York Daily News. Burfict also argued that his failed test occurred after he had been ruled out for the season. The appeal was denied.


Apr 2 2018 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green was pretty clear with his feelings in regard to the New York Giants' stance of possibly trading Odell Beckham, Jr. "That's stupid. That's stupid, man," Green told NFL Network at rapper Quavo's celebrity flag football game on Sunday. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime, or once-in-a-generation talent, man, and you've got to be ready. I think he'll get paid. They not that crazy." Speculation about a potential Beckham trade has been ratcheted up in recent weeks due to the impasse involving his contract negotiations.


Apr 1 2018 - John Ross
  WR John Ross may have stumbled out of the blocks during his rookie season, but Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis insists that he is working with a clean slate in 2018. In fact, Lewis believes that Ross will have a strong second season in the league. "He wasn't in my doghouse. I don't have a doghouse," Lewis said. "I think he's all the ability we wanted. That's why we drafted him. He had to get fixed. We knew he was injured going in and he got nicked up a couple of times in his lower legs and the other shoulder was bothering him. He's all fixed now."


Mar 31 2018 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton has no ill will toward Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins. Dalton, in fact, is thrilled Garoppolo and Cousins received huge offseason paydays and hopes to net some of that good fortune down the road. "I feel like it's definitely trending upward," Dalton told Pro Football Talk at TCU's Pro Day on Friday. "It's every year it's a new guy that's making the most in the NFL, has the most guaranteed and all of that kind of stuff, but with the salary cap going on, there's more money to hand out. I'm happy for Kirk. Kirk's obviously played a couple of years on the franchise tag, so when you do that, he had leverage to get the contract that he got. We'll see if it's the new trend."


Mar 30 2018 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton's contract will not be reworked any time soon, per team vice president Troy Blackburn. Dalton has three seasons remaining on a six-year contract extension he signed in 2014, one season after recording career highs in yards passing (4,293) and touchdown passes (33). The 30-year-old is due $13.9 million this year and is ranked 17th in pay for quarterbacks, per spotrac.com. "We didn't sign the Andy Dalton deal because we thought it was a good deal. At the time it was an expensive deal. It was a heavy lift," Blackburn said. "We did it because Andy was a winning starting quarterback in the National Football League, he had demonstrated that. We know statistically your best chance of success is by rewarding your own players and maintaining that quality core. That is what drove that. We are certainly aware quarterback deals have evolved since then. We know that at the right time we will have to evolve as well. We don't think this is the time right now. What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can."


Mar 17 2018 - Matt Barkley
  QB Matt Barkley has signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Saturday. Barkley, who will serve as the backup to starter Andy Dalton, also took to social media to announce the news. "I've signed with the @Bengals! Can't wait to start this next chapter of my football journey #WhoDey," Barkley posted on Twitter.


Mar 16 2018 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. Burfict's potential appeal could stem from his use of prescribed medication for the concussion he sustained on a hit from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ju-Ju Smith Schuster in a game on Dec. 4, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The 27-year-old linebacker also used prescribed medications after sustaining a Grade 3 shoulder AC sprain versus the Detroit Lions on Dec. 24, according to ESPN. Burfict is no stranger to suspensions, but this would mark his first for PEDs.


Mar 16 2018 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert has had an injury-plagued career, but the Cincinnati Bengals are going to keep him. Eifert agreed to a one-year deal with the Bengals.


Mar 15 2018 - Kevin Huber
  P Kevin Huber signed a three-year deal with the Bengals, the team announced Thursday. Huber, 32, has spent his entire nine-year career with Cincinnati since the team selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.


Mar 14 2018 - Kevin Huber
  P Kevin Huber, who has spent his nine-year NFL career with Cincinnati, has re-signed with the Bengals for three years.


Mar 11 2018 - Eric Winston
  OL Eric Winston is currently without a team but that didn't prevent him from remaining as president of the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA announced via Twitter on Sunday that Winston was unanimously re-elected to serve as president for a third term.


Mar 9 2018 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones is expected to become a free agent on Wednesday after the Cincinnati Bengals announced they will not pick up up the $5.5 million option on the final year of his contract.


Mar 9 2018 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon took to Twitter to make his best pitch to soon-to-be free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "Yo @sammywatkins I'd love to squad up and have you on the squad! Come on over to Cincy with my dawgs," Mixon tweeted on Tuesday. Mixon also listed Bengals wide receivers A.J. Green, John Ross, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd on the tweet for Watkins, who didn't exactly dismiss the idea two days later. "You never know brother this business is crazy," Watkins tweeted on Thursday.


Mar 8 2018 - Chris Baker
  DT Chris Baker was signed to a one-year contract. The team did not disclose the details of the deal, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Baker will be paid a little more than $3 million. The 30-year-old Baker is coming off a disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making only 33 tackles in 15 games after signing a three-year, $15.75 million contract last offseason.


Mar 8 2018 - Tyler Boyd
  WR Tyler Boyd had all drug charges against him dropped at a hearing Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The charges against Boyd stemmed from an arrest last July in suburban Pittsburgh, following a crash in which vape pens were discovered in the vehicle, WXPI.com reported. Boyd had faced charges of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia following a search of the vehicle by police. No one was present with the vehicle, which was registered to Boyd.


Mar 7 2018 - Chris Baker
  DT Chris Baker on Wednesday signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals for a little more than $3 million, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old Baker is coming off a disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making only 33 tackles in 15 games after signing a three-year, $15.75 million contract last offseason. Baker's effort was questioned in Tampa and he was released by the Buccaneers on Feb. 18.


Mar 6 2018 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert has declared himself healthy and ready to play at what he deems to be a dominant level. Eifert made that proclamation to the Cincinnati Enquirer and said that "everything is fixed" after he played in just two games last season before a back issue sent him to injured reserve. When asked if retirement had crept into his mind, Eifert offered the following: "No," the 27-year-old Eifert told the newspaper. "No. If I didn't think that I could get back to being a dominant player then yeah, I probably would. But there's no question I can get back to where I've been."


Mar 2 2018 - John Ross
  WR John Ross is not being labeled as a first-round bust, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. When asked about teams missing on players in the first round of drafts, Lewis came to the defense of the Bengals' pick in 2017. "John Ross was not a miss, he got hurt," Lewis said on Friday, per ESPN. Ross underwent surgery on his right shoulder last offseason before attempting to conceal the severity of a left shoulder injury because he wanted to play. The Bengals wound up placing the 22-year-old on injured reserve.


Feb 23 2018 - Jake Fisher
  OT Jake Fisher has been medically cleared to resume his football career after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in November, the team announced. Fisher underwent a corrective surgical procedure on Nov. 18 in Chicago to address the situation that landed him on the non-football illness list. "I've been working with lighter ones, but now I'm back to offseason workouts," the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Fisher said, via the Bengals' website. "You have to be conscious of it. You have to monitor it. But you still have to live life. You can't let it cripple you in any way."


Feb 22 2018 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton has a fan in new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt, who formerly was the quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers, saw plenty of positives after reviewing Dalton's play over the last two seasons. "I got a chance to come in and watch all the tape from the last two years," Van Pelt told the team's website. "I wasn't quite as in tune with Andy as I was when he came out in the draft. Obviously I evaluated him then and had a high opinion of him then. See the same exact things on tape. I think he's a very, very good quarterback and a playoff caliber quarterback. He does a lot of really, really good things. The more tape I watched, the more excited I got. I think this guy has potential to be an elite player in the league. It's our job to challenge him to get to that next level."


Feb 20 2018 - Chris Baker
  DT Chris Baker was released by the Buccaneers after one season, the team announced Tuesday. Baker, 31, appeared in 15 games, making 14 starts, with Tampa Bay last season. He registered 33 tackles with 0.5 sacks and two passes defensed. If Baker had remained on the team's roster next month, $3 million of his $4.875 million salary would have been guaranteed.


Feb 15 2018 - Bobby Hart
  OT Bobby Hart cited a nagging ankle injury as the reason he did not play in the New York Giants' season finale. Hart came under fire for reportedly telling the Giants' coaches that he would not play in the team's Week 17 clash against the Washington Redskins. New Giants general manager Dave Gettleman placed Hart on waivers prior to the contest and he officially was released after Super Bowl LII. "It's frustrating seeing all those things about you that you know are not true," Hart said, via the Bengals website.


Feb 14 2018 - Bobby Hart
  T Bobby Hart, who was released by the New York Giants, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday. Hart played in 34 games with 21 starts for the New York Giants during his three-year NFL career. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015.


Feb 10 2018 - Bobby Hart
  OT Bobby Hart was waived from injured reserve, according to the NFL's official transaction wire. The team placed Hart on injured reserve with an injury designation on Dec. 30, meaning he couldn't clear waivers until after Super Bowl LII. Hart appeared in 10 games with the Giants this past season, although multiple outlets reported that he told New York's coaching staff that he wasn't going to play prior to the team's regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. The 23-year-old Hart made 21 starts and appeared in 33 games since New York selected him with a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.


Feb 3 2018 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones recently underwent sports hernia surgery. Jones posted a video on his Instagram account on Thursday, in which he said: "They tell me I'm going to be better than before." The 34-year-old Jones saw his 2017 season come to end due to the sports hernia, when he was placed on injured reserve by the Bengals on Dec. 9. He is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program.


Feb 1 2018 - Jeremy Hill
  RB Jeremy Hill doesn't expect to continue his playing career in the Queen City. Hill, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, appeared to offer a goodbye message to Cincinnati over Twitter on Wednesday. "Been one hell of a ride Cincinnati on to the next chapter," Hill wrote above a video of highlights from his time with the Bengals.


Jan 10 2018 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green was replaced on the AFC roster in the upcoming Pro Bowl by Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton, the league announced Wednesday. Green is nursing an undisclosed injury and will sit out the event on Jan. 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Green finished the season with 75 receptions for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns.


Jan 1 2018 - Bobby Hart
  OL Bobby Hart was waived/injured with an ankle ailment. Hart also apparently ran afoul of the new team management after he reportedly declined to practice Friday despite being medically cleared to do so regardless of an ankle injury.


Jan 1 2018 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton finished the season with an 86.6 passer rating, his lowest since 2014. His 3,320 passing yards were his fewest in two seasons and his 12 interceptions were the most since 2014. Dalton had to deal with a struggling offensive line and inconsistent running game for most of this season, but did manage 25 TD passes, third-most in his career.


Jan 1 2018 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon returned from injury and had 96 rushing yards on 18 carries in Sunday's 31-27 win at the Baltimore Ravens. Mixon finished his rookie season with 626 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. He accomplished this despite not becoming the starter until Week 9 and missing two games with injury.


Jan 1 2018 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out Sunday because of a shoulder injury.


Jan 1 2018 - Hardy Nickerson
  LBs Hardy Nickerson and Jordan Evans split time with Vontaze Burfict ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Evans left the game in the third quarter with head and shoulder injuries.


Jan 1 2018 - Jordan Evans
  LBs Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson split time with Vontaze Burfict ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Evans left the game in the third quarter with head and shoulder injuries.


Jan 1 2018 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon finished with 96 yards on 18 carries in the Bengals' win over the Ravens.


Jan 1 2018 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, including a 49-yard strike to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left, and Cincinnati knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs with a 31-27 victory Sunday. The winning score came on fourth-and-12. Dalton completed 23 of 44 pass attempts for 222 yards.


Dec 27 2017 - Bobby Hart
  RT Bobby Hart (ankle) was limited Wednesday, but should be ready for Sunday's game.


Dec 27 2017 - Jordan Evans
  LB Jordan Evans returned to practice Wednesday after leaving Sunday's game following a scary collision. Evans was knocked unconscious late in the first half. He left the game and never returned. Evans appeared to be hit in the head by teammate Vontaze Burfict while making a tackle with 1:11 left in the half, but Evans' helmet also slammed hard on the turf.


Dec 27 2017 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict did not practice on Wednesday. Burfict returned after missing two games with a concussion, but injured his right shoulder late in the first half of Sunday's game and did not return. Burfict has missed five games this season, the first three of the season due to suspension.


Dec 27 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon did not practice on Wednesday, an indication that he might be out again this Sunday in Baltimore. Mixon returned last week after missing two games with a concussion, but lasted barely one quarter when he injured his left ankle and did not return. Mixon left the December 4 game against the Steelers in the first half with a concussion following a violent collision after catching a screen pass late in the first half.


Dec 26 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries including the clinching touchdown with 1:54 left, operating behind some crushing blocks by a revamped line.


Dec 26 2017 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green had six catches for 81 yards.


Dec 26 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton had a better day on Sunday, passing for 238 yards with a touchdown and one interception. He was 27-of-41 passing while being sacked three times behind a patch-work offensive line.


Dec 26 2017 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict returned to action after missing two games with a concussion, but injured his right shoulder late in the first half of Sunday's game and did not return. Burfict has missed five games this season, the first three of the season due to suspension.


Dec 26 2017 - Jordan Evans
  LB Jordan Evans started Sunday's game due to other injuries in the linebacking corps, then was knocked unconscious late in the first half. He left the game and never returned. Evans appeared to be hit in the head by teammate Vontaze Burfict while making a tackle with 1:11 left in the half, but his helmet also slammed hard on the turf after the collision.


Dec 26 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon's return after missing two games with a concussion lasted barely one quarter when he injured his left ankle and did not return. Mixon left the Dec. 4 game against the Steelers in the first half with a concussion following a violent collision after catching a screen pass late in the first half.


Dec 24 2017 - Jordan Evans
  LB Jordan Evans made his third start of the season. Evans later left the game with a head injury.


Dec 24 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton, who had a 27.3 passer rating last week, the second lowest of his career, passed for 238 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.


Dec 24 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon, who had just returned from missing two games with a concussion, left with a left ankle injury in the first quarter.


Dec 24 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals eliminated the Detroit Lions from the playoffs with a 26-17 victory Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.


Dec 20 2017 - Connor Harris
  LB Connor Harris, a free agent, was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday. Harris, a rookie, signed as a college free agent with the New York Jets this season and was waived in the cut to 53. He later spent eight games on Tampa Bay's practice squad this season.



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