Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during training camp on the practice fields outside of Paul Brown Stadium in Downtown Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

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Bengals CB Trae Waynes (hamstring) to miss opener

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes will miss Week 1 with a hamstring injury, coach Zac Taylor announced Monday.

The Bengals open the season at home Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted Waynes with the 11th overall pick in 2015.

Waynes, 29, injured his right hamstring in practice in late August.

After signing a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bengals in March 2020, he missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in training camp.

Wayne tallied 247 tackles and seven interceptions in 74 games (53 starts) during his five seasons with the Vikings (2015-19).

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Aug 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) throws the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai (58) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bengals DE Joseph Ossai facing knee surgery

Cincinnati Bengals rookie defensive end Joseph Ossai will have knee surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The injury is feared to be season-ending, per the report. The Bengals signed veteran edge rusher Noah Spence on Sunday to fill the void.

It wasn’t immediately clear when Ossai, 21, injured his knee.

The third-round draft pick from the University of Texas left the Aug. 14 preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a reported wrist injury after sacking Tom Brady, registering five quarterback pressures and collecting three tackles.

Spence, 27, last played for Washington in 2019, appearing in seven games.

The 2016 second-rounder has 7.5 sacks, 37 tackles and four forced fumbles in 41 games (six starts) with the Buccaneers and Washington.

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Jun 15, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) stretches during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow a go for training camp

Cincinnati Bengals fans can breathe a little easier, as franchise quarterback Joe Burrow reached another target in his comeback from the torn ACL that ended his rookie campaign prematurely.

The 2020 No. 1 overall selection avoided the PUP list and is cleared to be in uniform when the club opens training camp Tuesday.

Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before his rookie season was derailed by a knee injury on Nov. 22 against the Washington Football Team. He tore his left ACL and MCL and also suffered partial tears to his PCL and meniscus.

Burrow, 24, told ESPN last month that he was at 85 percent with a target return date of the start of training camp.

“The knee still has a little ways to go, but my upper body, my right leg, everything else feels better than it ever has before,” Burrow said at the time. “When I’m on the field and executing, I’m playing better than I ever have before. So, I’ll continue the program we were on and get back to 100 percent before camp.”

One thing to watch with Burrow at training camp will be his throwing velocity. In the offseason, he worked with former Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer to improve his mechanics, and Palmer told The Athletic those changes are expected to bear fruit.

“You gotta give Joe a thing to chase, whether it’s a team or a record, it’s just a challenge. That’s all he needs,” Palmer said. “He found a way to create more energy on the ball.”

The Bengals open their preseason schedule on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 14. They kick off the regular season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.

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Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) stands on the field against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bengals QB Joe Burrow ‘on track’ for Week 1 return

The surgeon who repaired Joe Burrow’s left knee says the Cincinnati quarterback is “all systems go” for the Bengals’ Sept. 12 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, who repaired the rookie’s torn ACL, MCL and PCL on Dec. 2, updated his patient’s condition in a text message to ESPN on Tuesday.

“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” ElAttrache wrote. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”

Burrow, who sustained the injury on Nov. 22 at Washington, is unlikely to participate in the preseason as those games fall within the generally prescribed nine-month window for avoiding contact after such a surgery.

“We are very happy with his recovery to say the least,” ElAttrache said. “Notwithstanding the nature of his injury and extent of his reconstruction, his knee is performing perfectly.

“We just had him tested out here with a high-tech video and biomechanical evaluation and he was ahead of where we anticipated and well into the return to performance phase of his recovery. With him already performing this way, it’s ‘all systems go’ for the start of the season.”

Burrow, 24, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and leading LSU to an undefeated national championship.

He started 10 games for the Bengals and completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cincinnati went 2-7-1 in his starts.

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Cincinnati Bengals center Billy Price (53) cools off after a drill during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

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Report: Bengals to decline option on C Billy Price

The Cincinnati Bengals will decline their fifth-year option on center Billy Price, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Price, who was selected by the Bengals with the 21st overall pick of the 2018 draft, will become a free agent after the 2021 season.

Price, 26, has started 19 of his 42 games with the Bengals over the past three seasons.

He appeared in all 16 games in 2020 but played only 19 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.

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Dec 31, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates in the end zone after  wide receiver Tyler Boyd (not pictured) fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Cincinnati Bengals 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after 8 seasons

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals released running back Giovani Bernard on Wednesday after eight seasons and more than 6,500 yards from scrimmage.

Bernard, 29, played in 115 games (30 starts) for the Bengals since they drafted him in the second round in 2013. He rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 342 passes for 2,867 yards and 11 scores.

The emergence of two-time 1,000-yard rusher Joe Mixon, 24, made Bernard expendable. Last September, Cincinnati gave Mixon a four-year, $48 million extension through the 2024 season.

NFL Network reported that Bernard requested his release. Other reports said the Bengals tried unsuccessfully to trade him and had asked him to take a pay cut. He was entering the final year of his contract and carried a $4.77 million cap hit, including $3.7 million in base salary.

Bernard ranks seventh in Bengals history in rushing yards, just ahead of Mixon (3,359).

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Nov 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels (76) walks the field prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bengals sign DL Mike Daniels to one-year deal

Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to re-sign veteran defensive lineman Mike Daniels to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, according to a report from NFL Network on Tuesday night.

Daniels, 31, is a nine-year NFL veteran who earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 with the Green Bay Packers. He spent last year with the Bengals, notching 17 tackles in 11 starts.

The Packers selected Daniels in the fourth round (No. 132 overall) out of Iowa in 2012. He played seven years with Green Bay before joining the Detroit Lions in 2019 and the Bengals in 2020.

In 122 career games (85 starts), Daniels has 30 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has 252 tackles.

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