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 Latest Bengals Player Notes
Jun 14 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick's right hand is healing, but he will not be involved in any contact during this week's mandatory minicamp. Kirkpatrick arrived at OTAs last month with his hand in a cast due to a small fracture. His recovery has gone as planned. Kirkpatrick signed a five-year, $52 million contract this past offseason.


Jun 13 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross was the ninth overall selection in this year's NFL Draft and was the fastest man at the NFL Combine in March. But, neither of those achievements will match what he accomplished last week when he became the first member of his family to earn a college degree. "It was bigger than being drafted," Ross said. "It's bigger than football. It's something nobody can take away from you. I feel like I've been playing football all my life, but you never know what's going to happen with that." Ross' rookie preseason is delayed due to shoulder injury that occurred in college. Ross is running routes, but he might not be full go until late August.


Jun 13 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon said he had never weighed as much as he did during rookie minicamp the first week of May when the second-round draft choice from Oklahoma tipped the scales at 238 pounds. Mixon attributed the weight gain to his whirlwind tour of prospective NFL teams prior to the NFL Draft, and all that wining and dining caught up with him. "It was my traveling weight," Mixon said on Tuesday, the first day of mandatory minicamp. But, after head coach Marvin Lewis publicly voiced concern over Mixon's conditioning and he got back into a football routine, the excess poundage vanished. "Right now, I feel great," said Mixon, who now weighs around 228. "I'll never be that heavy again. I've never been that big. I started running a lot and trimming down, watched my diet, laid off bread. Other than that, just (doing) cardio got me right."


Jun 6 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick participated in drills for the first time on Tuesday but on a limited basis. Kirkpatrick showed up at the first week of OTAs with his right hand in a cast due to a small fracture. He estimated he would be out for about two weeks and made good on that prediction. The Bengals made a sizable investment in Kirkpatrick this offseason, signing him to a five-year, $52 million contract. Kirkpatrick told reporters he'll continue to rest his hand during next week's mandatory minicamp.


Jun 2 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon signed a four-year rookie contract with the Bengals. Mixon will receive approximately $5.5 million over the deal, according to NFL Network. Mixon was a second-round choice (48th overall) in the recent draft but was considered a first-round talent. His stock dropped due to the well-publicized incident in which he punched a fellow Oklahoma student in the face and broke her jaw in multiple places.


May 24 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB running back Gio Bernard worked on the rehab field Tuesday because he is not yet healthy. Bernard is coming back from an ACL tear that ended his season on Nov. 20.


May 24 2017 - C.J. Uzomah
  TE C.J. Uzomah worked on the rehab field Tuesday because he is not yet healthy.


May 24 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert worked on the rehab field Tuesday because he is not yet healthy. Eifert has missed time because of ankle and back injuries the last two seasons. He played in only eight games last year.


May 24 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick's right hand was in a cast during the first day of OTAs and he said he expected to miss around two weeks due to a small fracture. "Nothing too serious," Kirkpatrick said. "I've got a small fracture. Couple weeks, I'll be back out there." The Bengals made a sizeable investment in Kirkpatrick this offseason, signing him to a five-year, $52 million contract. For now, he's relegated to instructor during the voluntary workouts. "I'm contributing," he said. "I'm following the young guys around, making sure they're up to speed so coach doesn't have to worry too much about them. At the end of the day, I'd rather be out there. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out there next week."


May 16 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones pleaded guilty to obstructing police on Tuesday stemming from his Jan. 3. arrest for a Cincinnati hotel altercation. Jones, 33, had two other misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and assault and harassment with a bodily substance after spitting on a jail nurse dropped as part of a plea agreement. He was credited with time served after spending two days in jail. "I'd like to apologize for my actions that night, to the police officer, that is not an example of me or how I want my kids to see me," Jones said in court Tuesday after being recorded telling his arresting officer from the back of a police car "I hope you die tomorrow."


May 7 2017 - Carl Lawson
  DE Carl Lawson, a fourth-round pick, signed his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-2, 253-pound Lawson, out of Auburn, is an edge rusher who recovered from two injury-riddled seasons to register 12.5 tackles for losses, including nine sacks, and an All-SEC first-team berth.


May 7 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross signed his rookie four-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Sunday. Ross, the ninth overall pick out of Washington, ran a 40-yard dash in a record 4.22 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine in March. He won't return to Cincinnati until after his June 10 graduation per league rules. In 2016 at Washington, Ross had 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns.


Mar 25 2017 - Rey Maualuga
  LB Rey Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday. Maualuga, 30, was entering the last season of his contract and was due $3.6 million in salary and bonuses. "Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "It's one of several we have made to transition to a younger group at linebacker as we continue to shape our 2017 roster." The 6-foot-2, 258-pound Maualuga, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, played in 114 games with 104 starts in his eight seasons with the Bengals, compiling 584 tackles, four sacks, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles.


Mar 25 2017 - Wallace Gilberry
  DL Wallace Gilberry re-signed with the team, adding depth to the position. Gilberry's agents announced Friday that the 10-year veteran will be back with the Bengals in 2017. Gilberry, 32, first joined the Bengals in 2012 and played through the 2015 season before leaving after four years to sign with the Detroit Lions as a free agent last offseason.


Mar 22 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam "Pacman" Jones will not face a felony charge in analleged spitting incident at the Hamilton County Jail. Jones still faces charges of assault, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters issued a statement Wednesday decrying Jones for his behavior, for which three misdemeanor counts remain. Deters said the harassment with a bodily substance charge was dismissed at the request of the prosecution.


Mar 20 2017 - Kevin Minter
  LB Kevin Minter was signed by the Bengals to a one-year contract. The deal could reach a reported $4.5 million. Minter, 26, started every game for the Cardinals in the last two seasons and finished second on the team in tackles each year. He played in 61 consecutive games (including postseason) and helped lead the Cardinals to the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. He has 254 career tackles, with five sacks and 11 passes defensed.


Mar 19 2017 - Kevin Minter
  LB Kevin Minter will join the Cincinnati Bengals, according to multiple outlets. The 26-year-old is heading to Cincinnati after spending the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. According to NFL.com, Minter is expected to sign a one-year contract. Last season, Minter compiled 81 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks. A second-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2013, Minter started every game the past two seasons. Minter's career NFL totals include 175 tackles and four sacks. He collected a career-high 94 tackles in 2015. With the Bengals, Minter likely will be slotted into the lineup along with linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga. Minter is expected to replace Karlos Dansby, who left the Bengals as a free agent to return to Arizona.


Mar 10 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick re-signed with the Bengals, landing a five-year contract on Thursday. Kirkpatrick broke the news on his Twitter account. "Cincy I'm coming home 5 more years," he tweeted. Kirkpatrick had three interceptions last season for the third time in his career. He has returned two for touchdowns during his five-year career. He had 46 tackles while earning just over $7.5 million last season after the Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.


Mar 9 2017 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell re-signed with the Bengals on Wednesday. NFL Network reported the contract is worth $10 million over two years. LaFell, 30, had 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns in 2016, one of the best seasons of his inconsistent career. A third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 Draft, LaFell had his best season with the New England Patriots in 2014, establishing career highs with 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns.


Mar 2 2017 - Shayne Graham
  K Shayne Graham, with assistance from the Bengals, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declaring that Graham ceremonially is retiring as a Bengal. Graham kicked in the NFL for 16 seasons (2001-15) but spent six seasons in Cincinnati, his longest with one team. He is the Bengals' field-goal percentage leader at 86.76 percent. "We're flattered that Shayne has chosen to retire as a Bengal," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "He's had a fine NFL career, including some strong, outstanding seasons for us. We got him just as my first season (2003) was beginning, and he was a big part of our first two playoff teams." Off the field, Graham was known for his community service. His "Kicks for Kids" program provided a wide range of assistance for at-risk children in the Cincinnati area. Graham was a past Bengals team nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. "Cincinnati means a lot to me; it still feels like home," Graham said. "I had to fight and scrap for every chance to play with other teams before the Bengals signed me. The Bengals made me feel wanted. I was able to get involved in the community and make some real friendships I still have today."


Jan 24 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones verbally assaulted a police officer during his Jan. 3 arrest in a video released by Cincinnati police. In a profanity-laced tirade, the video shows Jones saying "I hope you die tomorrow" and "you're gonna be out of a job tomorrow" to his arresting officer while in the back of a police car. Jones, 33, was arrested on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and harassment with a bodily substance. Jones was released from the Hamilton Country Jail on bond on the morning of Jan. 4.


Jan 3 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones was arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly pushing and poking a man in the eye and failing to comply with officials. Jones was booked at the Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati at 12:25 a.m. ET and charged with assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and harassment with a bodily substance. The 33-year-old recently completed his 10th NFL season, totaling 66 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed over 16 games in 2016.


Jan 2 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert ended the season on Injured Reserve with a back injury after missing the first four games coming off offseason ankle surgery. The back injury delayed his season debut until week 7. After rehabbing through each of his training camps since being drafted, Eifert told reporters Monday that he is confident he'll be ready to go by the start of camp this year. He finished with 29 catches for 394 yards and five TDs.


Jan 2 2017 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green said he will not participate in his sixth Pro Bowl this month. Green was placed on Injured Reserve on Sunday after being declared for the game earlier in the week. He missed the final six weeks with a hamstring injury and fell 36 yards short of reaching 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons, something only Randy Moss accomplished. Green had 66 catches for 964 yards and four TDs.


Jan 2 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton, despite being sacked 41 times this season with a suspect line and inconsistent running game, passed for 4,206 yards and 18 TDs with only eight interceptions. He reached 4,000 passing yards for the second time in his career and for the first time since 2013. "To me, he has had his best season; unfortunately, we as a team haven't," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "He continues to grow and be the quarterback that we expect. He hasn't had the experienced players he has had in the past. He's had to mentor and bring (young) guys along. That is great experience that you gain as a quarterback." At various times this season, Dalton was without A.J. Green, Gio Bernard, and Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert. This after losing receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free-agency this past offseason.


Jan 2 2017 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green missed the final six games of the season with a hamstring injury leaving him 36 yards shy of joining Randy Moss as the only NFL players with 1,000 yards in his first six seasons.


Jan 2 2017 - C.J. Uzomah
  TE C.J. Uzomah caught a 1-yard TD pass, his first career TD, from Andy Dalton making the score 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.


Jan 2 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton passed for 226 yards and a score, lifting the Bengals to a 27-10 victory at Paul Brown Stadium. Dalton completed his first 10 passes on Sunday for 106 yards and a touchdown. Dalton reached the 4,000-yard mark for the second time in his career, first since 2013.


Dec 31 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green, already shut down for Sunday's season finale against the Ravens, was officially placed on the Bengals' injured-reserve list. Green, 28, will miss the last six games with a hamstring injury suffered during the first series against the Bills on Nov. 20. He was elected to the Pro Bowl this season despite playing in just nine full games, catching 66 passes for 964 yards and four touchdowns.


Dec 29 2016 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert underwent back surgery earlier this week, coach Marvin Lewis revealed Thursday morning while speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio.


Dec 28 2016 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict remains in concussion protocol and his status for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens is not certain. Burfict was inactive for last week's game at Houston. Burfict ranks second on the team in tackles despite being suspended for the first three games of the season.


Dec 28 2016 - Clint Boling
  G Clint Boling has a shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve this week. He initially suffered the injury on Sept. 29 vs. Miami but played through it through the Dec. 18 game vs. Pittsburgh. He was inactive due to the injury last week at Houston, and the cumulative effects of the injury have dictated Wednesday's move. He started this season's first 14 games.


Dec 28 2016 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert was placed on injured reserve this week with a back injury. He reported symptoms to the team medical staff on Dec. 20 and was inactive for last week's game at Houston. He missed this season's first six games due to an ankle injury and a back strain, and he came back to play in Games 7-14, with 23 receptions for 394 yards and five touchdowns.


Dec 28 2016 - Trevor Roach
  LB Trevor Roach was added to the roster this week from the practice squad. Roach opened this season on the roster, playing in the first three games. He was moved from the practice squad when fellow linebacker Vontaze Burfict rejoined the roster in Week 4. Roach played in three 2016 preseason games, recording 13 tackles. He spent the 2015 regular season on the practice squad and made his NFL debut in the wild-card playoff vs. Pittsburgh, logging one special teams tackle.


Dec 28 2016 - Jake Kumerow
  WR Jake Kumerow was added to the roster this week from the practice squad. Kumerow, a first-year NFL player, was activated to the roster for the first time after spending last season and the first 15 games on the practice squad. He played in three 2016 preseason games, reeling in four receptions for 67 yards.


Dec 26 2016 - Clint Boling
  G Clint Boling was placed on injured reserve. Boling reportedly separated his shoulder in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 29, but he started every game since prior to being inactive against the Texans.


Dec 26 2016 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert was placed on injured reserve because of a back injury. Eifert reported his injury to the medical staff on Dec. 20 and did not practice last week. He missed the first six games of the season with ankle and back injuries, and finished the season with 29 receptions for 394 yards and five touchdowns.


Dec 26 2016 - Randy Bullock
  K Randy Bullock began his approach too early then hesitated, throwing off the timing of his missed 43-yard field goal attempt on the final play that allowed the Houston Texans to hold on for a 12-10 victory on Saturday. It was Bullock's first miss since he was signed following the release of veteran Mike Nugent.


Dec 26 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green has been on the verge of history for a few weeks now, just 36 receiving yards shy of joining Randy Moss as the only NFL players to have 1,000 or more receiving yards in their first six seasons. It now appears that the hamstring injury that caused Green to miss five straight games could keep him out of the season finale against Baltimore after he was inactive again for Saturday's loss at Houston.


Dec 26 2016 - Cedric Ogbuehi
  LT Cedric Ogbuehi's struggles continued on Sunday even at a new position. Ogbuehi moved to left tackle on Sunday in place of Andrew Whitworth, who moved to left guard to replace an injured Clint Boling. Ogbuehi said he was comfortable with the change but he allowed two sacks in the loss.


Dec 22 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green told reporters Thursday morning that he plans to play in Saturday's game against the Houston Texans. Green has been sidelined for the past four games with a Grade 2 right hamstring tear on the second play from scrimmage in a Week 11 loss against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 20. "It's big," Green said. "Like yesterday I was very excited to get back out there [at practice]," Green said. "Not playing for that long, no matter what our season is, I'm just happy to get back out there with my teammates." Green was voted to his sixth straight Pro Bowl this week and is 36 yards shy of his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Before getting hurt, Green averaged a career-high 96.4 yards per game.


Dec 21 2016 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict passed concussion protocol during last Sunday's game but reported symptoms this week was held out of practice Wednesday. Burfict will now be evaluated from both team and independent doctors to see if he can get cleared in time to face the Houston Texans on Saturday night. Burfict came out after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro in the first half. He was checked for a concussion but played in the second half of the Bengals' 24-20 loss to the Steelers.


Dec 21 2016 - Geno Atkins
  DT Geno Atkins, a fourth-round draft selection in 2010, is in the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his seven seasons. He leads all NFL interior linemen this season in sacks (7.5). Atkins leads the Bengals in sacks, and he also leads the team in QB hits (23) and tackles-for-loss (12). He has the most Pro Bowl selections of any Bengals defensive lineman -- no other DL has had more than two -- and he ranks second among all Cincinnati defenders in nods to the game, training only CB Lemar Parrish (six).


Dec 21 2016 - Tyler Ott
  LS Tyler Ott, a first-year player from Harvard, was waived on Tuesday. Ott joined the Bengals' practice squad on Nov. 22 and was signed to the roster Nov. 26, as a replacement for injured LS Clark Harris. Ott played in three games from Weeks 11-13, but was inactive last week vs. Pittsburgh as Harris returned to action.


Dec 21 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green is expected to play Saturday after missing four straight games with a strained right hamstring. Green who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl earlier this week, remains 36 receiving yards short of joining Randy Moss as the only NFL players with 1,000 more yards in their first six seasons. Green practiced on a limited basis last week but was inactive vs. the Steelers.


Dec 19 2016 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell, with the Steelers seemingly content with taking tight end Tyler Eifert and rookie receiver Tyler Boyd out of the passing game, had a big day with seven catches for 91 yards and a 13-yard average. LaFell has 15 catches over the past three games.


Dec 19 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green practiced on a limited basis during the week but was inactive for Sunday's game, the third straight he's missed with a strained hamstring. Green told reporters Sunday that he expects to play this week at Houston. Green remains 36 yards shy of reaching 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth consecutive season, something only Randy Moss has accomplished.


Dec 19 2016 - Alex Erickson
  WR Alex Erickson averages 28.7 yards per kick return, which ranks third in the NFL, including a 72-yard kickoff return that set up Cincinnati's second touchdown in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. Erickson made the team out of training camp to replace veteran Brandon Tate, resulting in one of the better decisions the team has made this year.


Dec 18 2016 - A.J. Green
  WR A.J. Green missed his third straight game with a strained hamstring. He remains 36 receiving yards from joining Randy Moss as the only NFL players to have 1,000 or more yards in his first six seasons.


Dec 18 2016 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton was 16 of 27 for 157 yards and an interception Sunday in a loss to the Steelers.



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