Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) causes a sack and fumble of Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in the first quarter during an NFL AFC wild-card playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Las Vegas Raiders At Cincinnati Bengals Jan 15 Afc Wild Card Game

Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson (concussion) making progress

Cincinnati Bengals standout defensive end Trey Hendrickson was a limited practice participant on Tuesday, three days after sustaining a concussion during a playoff win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Hendrickson was injured during the third quarter of the 26-19 victory in the AFC wild-card matchup.

“Progressing through the concussion protocol in a positive manner,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said of Hendrickson during his Tuesday media session with reporters.

Taylor said Hendrickson will need to complete the team’s concussion process before he could be cleared to play in Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. Getting cleared to participate in contact practices will be one of the upcoming steps.

Hendrickson had a key sack and forced fumble on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to set up a Cincinnati field goal on Saturday.

In the regular season, the 27-year-old Hendrickson racked up 14 sacks, which ranked fifth in the NFL, while earning his first Pro Bowl selection. His career-best total topped the 13.5 he had in 2020 for the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) also was limited in practice. Tupou missed the game against the Raiders due to his injury.

Receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring) also was limited. He also sat out versus the Raiders.

Cincinnati also released guard Xavier Su’a-Filo on Tuesday one day after activating him off injured reserve. He hasn’t played since Week 2 due to a knee injury.

The eight-year veteran played in just eight games (seven starts) in two seasons with the Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) causes a sack and fumble of Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in the first quarter during an NFL AFC wild-card playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Las Vegas Raiders At Cincinnati Bengals Jan 15 Afc Wild Card Game

Bengals star DE Trey Hendrickson placed in concussion protocol

Cincinnati Bengals standout defensive end Trey Hendrickson is in the concussion protocol, coach Zac Taylor said on Sunday.

Hendrickson was injured during the third quarter of Saturday’s 26-19 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Taylor said Hendrickson will need to complete the team’s concussion process before he could be cleared to play in next weekend’s divisional playoff round.

“It’s really a daily thing, the process will start on Tuesday him getting cleared and then he’s got to do physical activities and get back to contact practice,” Taylor said. “There’s certainly enough time in the week to get that done if he’s feeling up to it and clear day-to-day.”

Hendrickson had a key sack and forced fumble on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to set up a Cincinnati field goal on Saturday.

In the regular season, the 27-year-old Hendrickson racked up 14 sacks, which ranked fifth in the NFL, while earning his first Pro Bowl selection. His career-best total topped the 13.5 he had in 2020 for the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi injured a foot in the third quarter and Taylor said doctors are still determining the seriousness. Ogunjobi recovered the fumble that Hendrickson forced.

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels (groin) was injured and will likely sit out next week.

Taylor said there was “a chance” defensive tackle Josh Tupou could return. He missed the game against the Raiders with a knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) celebrates as he makes a sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bengals, DE Trey Hendrickson have $60M deal

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pass-rushing specialist Trey Hendrickson agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to multiple media reports Monday night.

Hendrickson had a career-high 13.5 sacks and 25 quarterback hits with the Saints last season. In his previous three seasons with New Orleans, he logged a total of 6.5 sacks and 18 QB hits in 30 games (three starts).

In 2020, Hendrickson made 15 starts.

Hendrickson, 26, can officially sign with the Bengals on Wednesday when free agency begins.

NFL Network and ESPN reported Hendrickson’s contract would be worth $32 million in the first two years of the deal.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive ends Cameron Jordan (94) and Trey Hendrickson (91) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Injury update favors Saints’ offense vs. Bears

The New Orleans Saints final injury report of the weeks suggests they are still anticipating the return of star offensive players Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Deonte Harris in time for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the visiting Chicago Bears.

But the Saints’ sack leader, Trey Hendrickson, has been ruled out of the game with a neck injury.

For the Bears, the most significant update is that standout inside linebacker Roquan Smith (elbow) is listed as questionable. The team’s leading tackler, Smith injured the elbow in the first quarter last week in the loss to Green Bay and has missed practice all week.

The Saints have bounced through a succession of injuries through the season, but by the time they start what they hope to be a long playoff run Sunday, only Hendrickson and guard Nick Easton (concussion) are listed as out of the game, with no other players even listed as doubtful or questionable.

Significantly, Thomas and Harris appear to be ready after returning to limited practice this week. Thomas missed the last three regular-season games because of an ankle injury, and return specialist Harris participated fully this week for the first time in more than a month.

The Saints have missed Thomas and Harris in recent weeks, as quarterback Drew Brees returned from his own broken ribs only to have a depleted cast of his receivers at his disposal. The Saints are expected to activate Thomas from the injured reserve list on Saturday.

Kamara, meanhile, remains on the COVID-19/Reserve list until Sunday. He tested positive for the coronavirus after scoring six touchdowns on Christmas Day in leading a 52-33 victory over Minnesota. He missed the regular-season finale at Carolina and has joined the team only via video conferencing since then.

On Thursday, Kamara said on social media he would be playing on Sunday.

“See y’all Sunday” Kamara posted on Twitter.

Had the Saints been scheduled to play on Saturday, Kamara would not have been eligible to return. As it is, he would have to play against the Bears without having practiced all week, and coach Sean Payton had declined to say early in the week whether Kamara would start Sunday.

In the Saints’ 26-23 overtime victory against the host Bears on Nov. 1, Kamara had 163 yards from scrimmage, including a 20-yard run to set up Wil Lutz’s winning field goal.

The loss of Hendrickson, however, is a setback for the Saints. He missed Week 16 because of his neck injury, but returned to play last weekend and had a sack, finishing the season with 13.5 sacks and 25 quarterback hits.

Easton’s concussion sustained Sunday is of particular concern because it was his second concussion in three weeks.

For the Bears, only cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion) is listed as out. Four players were listed as questionable Friday: Smith, wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle), cornerback Jaylon Johnson (shoulder), and inside linebacker Josh Woods (toe/glute).

Like Smith, Mooney missed practiced all week, while Johnson was limited in workouts.

–Field Level Media

Oct 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) sacks Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saints DE Hendrickson inactive vs. Vikings

New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson has been ruled inactive for Friday’s home game versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Hendrickson, who leads the Saints (10-4) with 12.5 sacks, was listed as questionable with a neck injury on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown, left guard Andrus Peat, offensive lineman Nick Easton and linebacker Kaden Elliss were also listed as inactive for the game by New Orleans.

Linebackers Eric Kendricks, Todd Davis and Troy Dye, tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Alexander Mattison, fullback C.J. Ham and defensive end Jalyn Holmes were listed as inactive for the Vikings (6-8).

–Field Level Media