Nov 6, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) won’t play Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will miss Sunday’s game at Tennessee due to a concussion.

Coach Zac Taylor confirmed Friday that Mixon is out, but wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) has had a good week of practice and is questionable.

The Bengals (6-4) have won two straight and four of five entering the Week 12 game against the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3).

Mixon was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s 37-30 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished with 20 yards on seven carries plus three receptions for 42 yards.

Samaje Perine took over in Mixon’s absence and finished with three receiving touchdowns. Perine, 27, has posted 341 yards from scrimmage and four scores in 10 games this season.

Mixon, 26, has rushed for 605 yards and six touchdowns in 10 starts. He has 41 receptions for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Chase, 22, has missed the Bengals’ last three games. Quarterback Joe Burrow said earlier this week he expects his star receiver to play Sunday in Nashville.

Chase has 47 catches for 605 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns in seven starts this season. He initially hurt his hip in the Week 6 win at New Orleans and aggravated the injury in a Week 7 win against Atlanta.

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Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) celebrates his interception against the Indianapolis Colts with teammates Kevin Byard (31), Amani Hooker (37), Kristian Fulton (26), Jeffery Simmons (98) and Lonnie Johnson (20)  during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans and Bengals reunite in another important AFC clash

After meeting in the playoffs in January, the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals will try to prove themselves as legitimate AFC contenders again when they square off Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

The Bengals took down the top-seeded Titans 19-16 in last year’s AFC divisional round on their way to reaching the Super Bowl. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill insisted Sunday’s rematch is not about revenge.

“That was last year. Half this team wasn’t even here,” Tannehill said this week. “This is a new team facing another new team. Obviously a game we want to win, but it has nothing to do with last year.”

The Titans (7-3) have won seven of their past eight games and haven’t lost in regulation since Week 2. They’ve been powered by a defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL since Week 3 in scoring (15.4 ppg allowed), rushing yards (60.4) and third-down conversions (30.1 percent).

They’re also 10th in the league with 30 sacks, led by seven from Denico Autry, 6.5 from Jeffery Simmons and 5.5 from Rashad Weaver. Autry is on pace to surpass his career high of nine sacks, set in 2018 and 2021, but he is unlikely to be available in the short term after he suffered a knee injury in last Thursday’s 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

“He don’t get a lot of respect that he deserves and we’re gonna miss him for the time he’s out,” Simmons said. “But like I said, the thing about Tennessee and the thing since I’ve been here, it’s always been a next-man-up mentality. So I’m excited for all those other guys to get more opportunities.”

Simmons himself was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury. But Tennessee still expects to have the defensive tackle who racked up three of the Titans’ nine sacks of Joe Burrow in January’s playoff loss.

“He impacts everything,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “The point of attack in the run game. He affects the passer in the pass game. He’s got all the traits that you want to see in a great defensive tackle.”

The Bengals (6-4) are still struggling to get their offense fully healthy. This should be the week star receiver Ja’Marr Chase returns from a hip injury, but at the same time running back Joe Mixon has entered concussion protocol.

Chase was back at practice Wednesday as a limited participant, and Burrow said the team expects he’ll be ready to go against Tennessee after he missed three games.

Cincinnati, like Tennessee, has rebounded from an 0-2 start to the year to get back in the thick of the playoff hunt. They outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 37-30 shootout last week, with Burrow throwing for 355 yards and four touchdowns.

Their schedule is only going to get tougher after Tennessee, with dates against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens still to come.

“We know what it’s gonna take down the stretch to get to where we want to get to,” Burrow said. “We have the experience to go and do it. We just got to execute.”

Bengals defensive linemen Trey Hendrickson and Jay Tufele (illness) missed Wednesday’s practice. Halfback Chris Evans (knee), linebacker Joe Machie (knee), safety Dax Hill (shoulder) and defensive tackles DJ Reader (ankle) and Josh Tupou (calf) were limited. Tupou hasn’t played since Week 6.

For the Titans, linebacker Bud Dupree (hip) returned to practice as a full participant. Kicker Randy Bullock (right calf) and cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring) sat out Wednesday, while center Ben Jones (concussion) was limited.

Derrick Henry didn’t practice Wednesday for a non-injury-related reason. His 1,010 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns have powered Tennessee’s offense.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) breaks away for a touchdown reception in the second quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The Bengals led 28-17 at halftime. 


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Bengals say WR Ja’Marr Chase will return to practice this week

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday that star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will return to practice this week after missing three games with a hip injury.

Chase’s status for Sunday’s game at the Tennessee Titans is still up in the air, however.

“Everything has been positive up to this point, which we hoped it would be,” Taylor told reporters.

Chase, 22, initially injured the hip in Week 6 against New Orleans. He then aggravated it on a non-contact play in the closing seconds of the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half.

Last week Taylor said that Chase planned to test his hip in practice as the Bengals came off their Week 10 bye. But a return did not materialize, as Chase was listed as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ahead of Cincinnati’s 37-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chase has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions and yards.

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

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Nov 20, 2022, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) carries the ball in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Joe Mixon sustains concussion

Bengals running back Joe Mixon sustained a concussion during the second quarter of Cincinnati’s 37-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Mixon didn’t return to the game after Levi Wallace brought him down following a 7-yard carry with eight minutes left in the second. He recorded 20 yards on seven carries and had three receptions for 42 yards prior to exiting.

Samaje Perine took over as lead back and finished with three receiving touchdowns.

Mixon had a breakout game last week against the Carolina Panthers, racking up 211 yards from scrimmage (153 rushing, 58 receiving) and five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving).

In 10 games this season, Mixon has rushed for 605 yards and six TDs on 158 carries.

The Bengals (6-4) are set to face the Tennessee Titans (7-3) in Week 12.

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Nov 20, 2022, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) calls a play in the huddle in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow (4 TDs), Bengals get payback against rival Steelers

Joe Burrow threw for four touchdowns on Sunday and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals avenged a Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 37-30 win.

Burrow completed 24 of 39 passes for 355 yards and a pair of interceptions. Three of his scoring strikes went to backup running back Samaje Perine, who entered the game for good early in the third quarter after starter Joe Mixon departed with a concussion.

Cincinnati (6-4) took the lead for good when Burrow flipped a 1-yard touchdown toss to Trenton Irwin with 7:02 left in the third quarter. Pittsburgh pulled within a point on Matthew Wright’s 34-yard field goal less than three minutes later but didn’t score again until Najee Harris’ 1-yard plunge with 45 seconds left in the game.

Evan McPherson connected from 54 yards out in the last minute of the quarter and Burrow found Perine for a 6-yard scoring strike at the 4:30 mark of the fourth quarter. McPherson added a 44-yard field goal with 3:18 remaining.

Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett hit 25 of 42 passes for 265 yards with a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Steelers from dropping to 3-7. Harris rushed 20 times for a game-high 90 yards and two scores.

McPherson and Wright each kicked the first of their three field goals to open the scoring in the first quarter. The Bengals found the end zone with 39 seconds left in the period when Burrow flipped a screen pass to Perine, who took it 29 yards for a 10-3 lead.

Pickett and Pittsburgh answered the challenge in a 17-point second quarter. Harris scored on a 19-yard run — the first TD run of more than 8 yards for the Steelers this year — to tie the game just over two minutes into the second quarter.

After Burrow hit Perine on a checkdown for 11 yards and a 17-10 Cincinnati advantage, Pickett found George Pickens for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 left in the half. Wright converted a 30-yard field goal as time expired to make it 20-17 Pittsburgh at the break.

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Aug 7, 2022; Cincinnati OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader (98) walks on the field during training camp at Kettering Health Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals activate DT D.J. Reader from injured reserve

The Cincinnati Bengals activated defensive tackle D.J. Reader from injured reserve on Saturday.

Reader, a team captain, injured his left knee during the Bengals’ 27-12 victory over the New York Jets on Sept. 25. He was placed on injured reserve four days later.

Reader, 28, recorded 10 tackles, three quarterback hits and one fumble recovery in three games this season.

Overall, Reader has 226 tackles, 35 quarterback hits and 8.5 sacks in 84 games (75 starts) with the Bengals and Houston Texans (2016-19), who selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Also on Saturday, the Bengals elevated punter Drue Chrisman and wide receiver Trenton Irwin from the practice squad.

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Nov 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick laughs on the sidelines before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick (appendectomy) in line to play vs. Bengals

Minkah Fitzpatrick did not receive an injury designation on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final injury report Friday, putting the All-Pro safety in line to play against the Cincinnati Bengals a week after undergoing an appendectomy.

“The worry is when they cut you open, they cut through muscle, obviously to get into your stomach,” Fitzpatrick said, per ESPN. “So you just want to make sure that that’s healed properly before you get out there and go.”

Fitzpatrick, 26, underwent the procedure last Saturday and then attended the team’s home game against the New Orleans Saints the following day.

He did not participate in practice on Wednesday before returning with full participation during the sessions on both Thursday and Friday.

In seven games this season, Fitzpatrick has three interceptions — one returned for a touchdown in the 23-20 overtime win over the Bengals on Sept. 11 — and six passes defended along with 45 tackles.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) was the lone Steelers’ player ruled out for Sunday’s contest.

The Bengals, in turn, ruled out wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip), defensive tackle Josh Tupou (calf) and defensive back Daxton Hill (shoulder) for Sunday’s game.

Running back Chris Evans (knee) and cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) are questionable to play against Pittsburgh.

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Oct 23, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase eyes return

Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase plans to test his hip in practice this week following Cincinnati’s Week 10 bye.

The Bengals (5-4) play the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) on Sunday, a rematch of their overtime loss in Week 1.

The Bengals opted not to place Chase on injured reserve in part because of the bye week, head coach Zac Taylor said. A move to IR requires a player to miss four games.

“His mind his good. He feels good. We’re going to take it slow,” quarterback Joe Burrow said last week. “I know he feels good and wants to get back out there. It’s a long process. We’ll see when he comes back. Hopefully maybe after the bye, we’ll see.”

Monday marks the start of the 21-day practice window for starting defensive tackle DJ Reader, who was placed on injured reserve Sept. 29 with a knee injury.

Reader injured the MCL in his left knee in Week 3 against the New York Jets and has been working on the rehab field during practices, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said.

Chase, 22, initially injured the hip in Week 6 against New Orleans. He then aggravated it on a non-contact play in the closing seconds of the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23.

After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half.

Chase has team-leading totals in catches (47), receiving yards (605) and receiving touchdowns (six). He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 TDs in 17 starts.

Chase missed games against the Browns and Panthers before the bye week.

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Nov 6, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) reacts with running back Joe Mixon (28) after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals dominate early, cruise past Panthers 42-21

Joe Mixon scored four first-half touchdowns and the Cincinnati Bengals dominated the visiting Carolina Panthers early while finishing off a 42-21 victory Sunday.

Mixon rushed for his first three scores and caught a touchdown pass just before halftime.

Joe Burrow was 22 of 28 for 206 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (5-4), who led 35-0 at halftime. Burrow also ran for a second-quarter touchdown.

Mixon gained 153 yards on 22 carries and had four catches for 58 receiving yards.

Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes in relief for the Panthers (2-7), who failed to bounce back after their overtime loss a week earlier at Atlanta.

Mayfield was 14 of 20 for 190 yards after starter PJ Walker went 3 of 10 for 9 yards with two interceptions in the first half.

The Panthers managed just 228 yards of total offense.

It was such a dominating first half for Cincinnati that when the Bengals pulled ahead 21-0 midway through the second quarter, the Panthers had just 15 yards of total offense.

At halftime, Cincinnati’s edge in yards was at 311-32. That involved a 21-1 margin in first downs.

The Bengals marched 90 yards in nine plays on the game’s opening possession, with Mixon scoring on a 2-yard run. In the first minute of the second quarter, Burrow capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard plunge.

The Bengals made it 21-0 on Mixon’s 3-yard run with 7:29 to play in the first half, concluding another nine-play drive.

Two plays later, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt intercepted Walker. That pickoff came against his home-state team and marked the fourth-year player’s second career interception.

The turnover led to Mixon’s 1-yard TD run. He caught a 12-yard TD throw from Burrow with 12 seconds to play in the first half. That was set up following Jessie Bates III’s interception.
Mixon had 171 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Panthers dropped to 1-3 under interim coach Steve Wilks following the firing of Matt Rhule.

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Oct 16, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard (ankle) ruled out for Sunday

Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard will miss Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with an ankle injury.

The Panthers ruled Hubbard out for a second straight week after he did not practice Friday. He did limited work on Wednesday and Thursday.

D’Onta Foreman will once again carry the load for the Panthers (2-6) against the Bengals (4-4), with rookie Raheem Blackshear providing backup.

The Panthers will also be without safety Juston Burris (concussion) and wide receiver Rashard Higgins (illness). Tight end Stephen Sullivan (illness) is doubtful, while cornerback Donte Jackson (ankle) and defensive end Amare Barno (knee) are questionable.

Hubbard, 23, carried nine times for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Week 7 win against Tampa Bay. It was his first start of the season following the trade of Christian McCaffrey to San Francisco.

Foreman, 26, followed up a 118-yard effort against the Buccaneers by rushing for another 118 yards and three TDs in last Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta.

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