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 Latest Bengals Player Notes
Sep 21 2017 - Trey Hopkins
  RG Trey Hopkins' knee injury might not be as serious as once feared. He worked on the rehab field this week after initial reports suggested the injury was season-ending. He is not expected to play this week at the Packers, however. T.J. Johnson is likely to make his second straight start in Hopkins' absence.


Sep 21 2017 - Michael Johnson
  DE Michael Johnson who left the season-opening loss to the Ravens with a concussion and stinger, practiced on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. He missed last week's game and rookie Jordan Willis played well in his absence.


Sep 21 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross, the Bengals' first-round draft choice, showed up on the injury report with a knee issue on Thursday. He was listed as out with an "illness" on Wednesday. Ross missed the season opener due to a sprained knee and most of training camp due to a shoulder injury suffered in college. He had one rush for 12 yards in last week's loss to the Texans but lost a fumble at the end of that run.


Sep 21 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert has not practiced this week due to a back injury, making his status for Sunday's game at the Packers uncertain at best. Eifert was limited to eight games last year due to ankle and back issues. He has only four catches this season.


Sep 20 2017 - C.J. Uzomah
  TE C.J. Uzomah was back in pads for Wednesday's practice. He missed the first two games due to a leg injury suffered early in training camp. Uzomah's health took on greater importance this week with starter Tyler Eifert out of practice with injuries. Uzomah had an impressive training camp prior to the injury.


Sep 20 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert is dealing with injuries, again. He did not practice on Wednesday and was said to be dealing with back and knee injuries. He has four catches for 46 yards through two games. Eifert missed the preseason and the first six weeks last season with an ankle injury, then the final two games with back issues.


Sep 20 2017 - C.J. Uzomah
  TE C.J. Uzomah was back in pads for Wednesday's practice. He had missed the first two games due to a leg injury suffered early in training camp. Uzomah's health took on greater importance this week with starter Tyler Eifert out of practice with injuries. Uzomah had an impressive training camp prior to the injury.


Sep 20 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert is dealing with injuries, again. He did not practice on Wednesday and was said to be dealing with back and knee injuries. He has four catches for 46 yards through two games. Eifert missed the preseason and the first six weeks last season with an ankle injury, then the final two games with back issues.


Sep 15 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton was 20 of 35 for 224 yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to Houston. "I am shocked," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said when asked about the paltry offense. "We should be better. We have an opportunity to look at it and get better, and we will get better." Dalton threw four interceptions in Sunday's 20-0 loss to Baltimore.


Sep 15 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross gained 12 yards on an end-around in his first NFL touch, but fumbled, and Jadeveon Clowney returned it 48 yards to the Bengals 20-yard line in Thursday's 13-9 loss to Houston.


Sep 15 2017 - J.J. Dielman
  G J.J. Dielman was signed to the practice squad. The fifth-round draft choice was waived Sept. 2.


Sep 15 2017 - Shawn Williams
  SS Shawn Williams (elbow) was active for Thursday 13-9 loss to Houston after missing Sunday's 20-0 loss to Baltimore.


Sep 15 2017 - Tyler Boyd
  WR Tyler Boyd was inactive because of a hamstring issue.


Sep 14 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross is expected to make his NFL debut with the Cincinnati Bengals against the Houston Texans on Thursday, multiple outlets reported. Ross, 21, missed the Bengals' season-opening 20-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after spraining his knee in the preseason finale on Aug. 31. The ninth overall pick of the draft, Ross was a full participant in Cincinnati's light practices this week.


Sep 14 2017 - Trey Hopkins
  G Trey Hopkins was declared out of Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Hopkins earned the starting right guard spot in preseason, but now is feared out for an extended period of time. T.J. Johnson replaced Hopkins in Sunday's game and could make his second career start on Thursday. Alex Redmond also is in the mix.


Sep 14 2017 - Michael Johnson
  DE Michael Johnson was declared out of Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans after suffering a stinger and a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Johnson is a nine-year veteran. His absence could open the door for rookie Jordan Willis who had an impressive preseason.


Sep 14 2017 - Shawn Williams
  SS Shawn Williams, who suffered a fractured elbow in a preseason game, was listed as questionable on the injury report released Wednesday, but it seems unlikely that he will play on Thursday night against the Houston Texans. Clayton Fejedelem could get the start again at strong safety in Williams' place.


Sep 14 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross was listed as questionable on the injury report released Wednesday, leaving open the possibility that he could make his NFL debut on Thursday night against the Houston Texans. It's still unlikely that Ross will play Thursday, with him coming off a knee sprain late in the spring and a short week of preparation. Ross, the Bengals' first-round draft choice, was cleared to practice late in training camp after rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered at the University of Washington.


Sep 12 2017 - Nick Vigil
  LB Nick Vigil made his first NFL start on Sunday and finished with five tackles, an interception, and a pass breakup in Sunday's loss. "His first time being a starting NFL linebacker, did a good job throughout the football game," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Vigil played in all 16 games last season.


Sep 12 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB Giovani Bernard played his first regular-season game on Sunday since tearing his ACL in Week 10 last season. "Gio fought to get back out there and be here for the opener, that was big for him," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "We need the passion and energy he plays with." Bernard had 40 yards on seven carries and two catches for 39 yards on Sunday.


Sep 11 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick was wearing a boot after Sunday's game and on Monday. Kirkpatrick said he was stepped on and will be ready to go on Thursday night against the Houston Texans.


Sep 11 2017 - Chris Smith
  DE Chris Smith, a fourth-year player acquired from Jacksonville in a trade in April, had just one tackle for loss on Sunday, but played well. "He moved around in there and played with great energy," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He got an opportunity in the second half without Michael (Johnson)."


Sep 11 2017 - Michael Johnson
  DE Michael Johnson suffered a stinger and was being evaluated for a concussion after leaving Sunday's loss to the Ravens just before halftime. His status for Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans was not yet known. He had one tackle prior to leaving the game.


Sep 11 2017 - T.J. Johnson
  RG T.J. Johnson might get his shot at starting guard after all. Johnson took over for Trey Hopkins, who suffered a potentially serious knee injury late in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-0 loss to the Ravens and played well. Johnson was re-signed this past spring as a restricted free agent.


Sep 11 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones returned to team activities on Monday on a roster exemption after serving a one-game suspension. Jones violated the NFL's personal conduct policy during an incident at a downtown Cincinnati hotel in January. His exemption ends Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. "I'm in shape and ready to go," Jones said on Monday. "Like I said, I put myself in this situation. I've already apologized to my teammates, Mr. (owner Mike) Brown, all of my coaches. Now it's back to the basics, helping my team try to win a game."


Sep 10 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross was inactive due to a knee sprain.


Sep 10 2017 - Trey Hopkins
  RG Trey Hopkins, one of three new starters on the offensive line, suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.


Sep 10 2017 - Joe Mixon
  RB Joe Mixon made his NFL debut on the Bengals' second series with 19 yards on three carries and one reception.


Sep 10 2017 - Andy Dalton
  QB Andy Dalton went 16 of 31 for 170 yards and tied a career high with four interceptions. He also lost a fumble in a loss to the Ravens. "Coming into the game, we knew we couldn't hurt ourselves with turnovers, and obviously we did that," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "We don't have a chance to pout about it, because we've got to get ready for Thursday (vs. Houston)."


Sep 7 2017 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict signed a three-year extension worth $38.68 million. The 26-year-old is playing through the final season of a four-year contract in 2017. He will miss the first three games of the campaign due to a suspension for repeated violations of on-field safety rules.


Sep 6 2017 - Christian Ringo
  DE Christian Ringo was released to make room for Quinton Dial. Ringo was then picked up by Cincinnati one day later. Ringo spent the 2015 season on Green Bay's practice squad, then had seven tackles and forced a fumble while playing eight games in 2016.


Sep 6 2017 - Christian Ringo
  DT Christian Ringo was acquired on waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals from the Green Bay Packers. Ringo, 25, played eight games for the Packers in 2016, totaling seven tackles and a forced fumble. The former sixth-round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette spent the entire 2015 campaign on the Green Bay practice squad.


Sep 6 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross did some work in one-on-one drills during Wednesday's practice. The speedy rookie still is expected to miss the first two games with a sprained knee suffered in the final preseason game. Ross was cleared to practice late in training camp after rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered at the University of Washington.


Sep 6 2017 - Darqueze Dennard
  CB Darqueze Dennard is expected to start at right cornerback in place of Adam Jones, who is suspended for one game due to an incident at a Cincinnati hotel in January. Dennard is hoping for an injury-free campaign after missing the preseason last year with an ankle injury then suffering a shoulder separation in Week 10 that cost him the final six games.


Sep 6 2017 - William Jackson
  CB William Jackson missed his rookie season due to an injury suffered in training camp. He added muscle weight in the offseason and has adapted well. "He's done certain things that have been stellar," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "There are other things that we're just trying to get him caught up on a little bit, and get him up to speed. That's part of being a young player."


Sep 6 2017 - Hardy Nickerson
  LB Hardy Nickerson, an undrafted free agent, has impressed the coaching staff throughout the preseason and earned a spot on the 53-man roster. "From the day he's walked in here, he's been impressive in every area," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "Understanding how to play. The ability to play. The suddenness to play. He seems more mature and experienced beyond his years." Nickerson had eight tackles in the preseason.


Sep 6 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert returned to practice this week after missing the last two preseason games with a knee injury. Eifert had one catch for four yards in the preseason. Last season, Eifert was limited to just eight games due to ankle and back injuries. He had 615 receiving yards and 13 TDs in 2015.


Sep 4 2017 - Cole Toner
  G Cole Toner was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad on Monday. He was waived by the Arizona Cardinals during their final cuts on Saturday.


Sep 4 2017 - Sojourn Shelton
  CB Sojourn Shelton was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad on Monday. He was waived by the Arizona Cardinals during final cuts on Saturday.


Sep 4 2017 - Jeff Driskel
  QB Jeff Driskel was placed on the injured list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals. The second-year player suffered a hand injury in Thursday night's preseason finale in Indianapolis. He was 2 of 3 for 21 yards in the game. Driskel, 24, originally was a sixth-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He joined the Bengals before Week 1 last season as a waiver acquisition from the 49ers and spent his entire rookie season on the Bengals' 53-player roster but did not play in a game. Driskel played in all four of the Bengals' preseason games this year, completing 14 of 21 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 106.1. He also had nine carries for 63 rushing yards and a TD.


Sep 3 2017 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict was placed on reserve/suspended Saturday. He is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for a hit on Chiefs running back Anthony Sherman during a preseason game. Burfict is considered a repeat offender of rules pertaining to player safety.


Sep 3 2017 - Adam Jones
  CB Adam Jones was placed on reserve/suspended Saturday. Jones is suspended for the season opener on Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore due to an offseason incident at a downtown Cincinnati hotel.


Aug 29 2017 - Brandon Wilson
  S Brandon Wilson passed a physical and was cleared to return to practice. The rookie had been placed on the active/non-football injury list on July 26.


Aug 29 2017 - Cedric Peerman
  RB Cedric Peerman was placed on the reserve/injured list Tuesday. Peerman, an eighth-year player, suffered a shoulder injury in the team's third preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He is a valuable piece on special teams for Cincinnati.


Aug 29 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 25 yards on four carries including one 9-yard gain in his first preseason game action coming off an ACL tear late last season. "It was good for Gio to get some plays today," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "Everybody got an opportunity to play and that was good." P Will Monday was waived on Monday. He had signed with the team as a free agent on August 9. He played in the Bengals' first two preseason games and had six punts for a 46.3-yard average (42.2 net), no touchbacks and three punts inside the 20.


Aug 29 2017 - Tyler Eifert
  TE Tyler Eifert did not play in Sunday's preseason game at Washington due to tendinitis. It is not deemed to be a serious issue. "We're trying to just make sure he's ready to go when the time comes," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "He was ready tonight, but we kept him out."


Aug 29 2017 - John Ross
  WR John Ross, the ninth-overall choice in the first round of this year's draft, finally made his Bengals debut Sunday against the Redskins, and provided a glimpse of his world-class speed during an eight-yard sweep. Ross was cleared to practice a little over a week ago after rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered in college. "I think the best thing for him right now is for him to keep playing," said Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. "This is his first game action. You know, he's only had about a week of practice really and so the more that he is out doing things, getting the reps, the better he will be and the better feel and timing that we will have with him. But it was a good start." Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Ross show his footwork in the open field, after hearing a lot about his record 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. "I've only really been playing about two weeks out of this whole year, so just to get in and get my feet wet - it feels good to be out there," Ross said.


Aug 28 2017 - Vontaze Burfict
  LB Vontaze Burfict faces a five-game suspension for an illegal hit on Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman in a preseason game, per multiple reports. Burfict, who is considered a repeat offender, hit Sherman while the running back was in a defenseless position on a pass play during the first quarter on Aug. 19. Alex Smith's intended pass for tight end Travis Kelce was not close in proximity to the unsuspecting Sherman, who was leveled by Burfict. The NFL expanded its rules in the offseason to prevent defenseless players from taking shots above their shoulders. Burfict will appeal the suspension and have a hearing next week, ESPN reported.


Aug 25 2017 - Dre Kirkpatrick
  CB Dre Kirkpatrick broke his hand in May and was limited for most of the summer. He's been practicing fully and hopes to see his first game action on Sunday. But, the most important thing for him is that he's ready for the regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 10, which would be his third straight start in an opener. "I'm just ready to crank it back up," Kirkpatrick said, according to Bengals.com. "The first week of practice I had a good practice, but they turned me down a little bit and told me I still wasn't able to do certain things. Last week I was able to get back out there and really kind of full go."


Aug 25 2017 - Giovani Bernard
  RB Giovani Bernard has yet to play in the preseason coming off an ACL injury that ended his season last year. But, he's been practicing and appears healthy. Head coach Marvin Lewis isn't putting too much importance on getting him on the field in the preseason, saying it's more important he's on the field Sept. 10 in the regular-season opener versus Baltimore. It's important for guys to have an opportunity to play, but if they don't, they don't," Lewis said. "After three or four plays, it isn't going to matter anyway."



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