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. 


Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-The Enquirer

Atlanta Falcons At Cincinnati Bengals Nfl Week 7

Report: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase to return this week

The streaking Cincinnati Bengals are set to get star wideout Ja’Marr Chase back for their Week 13 game, NFL Network reported Monday.

Chase returned to practice last week but wasn’t quite ready to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He has missed the past four games.

Chase is working his way back from a hip injury initially sustained in a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 16. He then aggravated the injury in 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 but has not played since.

Chase, 22, 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 (50) and yards (712).

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

The Bengals (7-4), who have won three in a row to vault into a tie for first in the AFC North, host the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) pulls in a catch for a touchdown 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.  Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) inactive vs. Titans

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was listed as inactive for Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Chase is working his way back from a hip injury initially sustained in a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 16. He then aggravated the injury in 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 but has not played since.

Chase, 22, 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 (50) and yards (712).

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

In addition to Chase, the Bengals (6-4) listed running back Joe Mixon, punter Kevin Huber, defensive tackle Josh Tupou, offensive tackle D’Ante Smith, guard Jackson Carman and defensive end Jeff Gunter as inactive.

The Titans (7-3) ruled the following players as inactive: defensive linemen Denico Autry, Larrell Murchison and Naquan Jones; linebacker Joe Schobert; cornerback Terrance Mitchell; kicker Randy Bullock; and center Ben Jones.

–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. 


Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-The Enquirer

Atlanta Falcons At Cincinnati Bengals Nfl Week 7

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.

–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. 


Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-The Enquirer

Atlanta Falcons At Cincinnati Bengals Nfl Week 7

Bengals coach: WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) not headed to IR

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will not be placed on injured reserve while he deals with a hip injury, coach Zac Taylor announced Saturday.

Taylor said the Bengals’ Week 10 bye was a factor in the team’s decision to keep Chase off injured reserve. Chase would be required to miss four games should he be placed on IR.

Chase, in turn, will remain on the active roster while undergoing treatment.

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 last Sunday’s 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

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 will sit out Cincinnati’s road game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. The Bengals will host the Carolina Panthers the following Sunday before going on a bye.

–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. 


Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-The Enquirer

Atlanta Falcons At Cincinnati Bengals Nfl Week 7

Report: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) to miss 4-6 weeks

Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is expected to miss four to six weeks with a hip injury, ESPN reported Thursday.

Chase, 22, met with a hip specialist Wednesday amid getting other opinions, per the report. It’s possible he’ll be placed on injured reserve.

Chase first injured the hip in Week 6 against New Orleans and then aggravated it this past week, a 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons, per the report.

Chase did not practice Thursday, the first day of the practice week for the Bengals, who play at Cleveland on Monday night.

Chase has 47 catches (tied for 5th in NFL) for 605 yards (sixth) and six touchdowns (T2) this season. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 TDs in 17 starts.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) puts his helmet on between drills during organized team activities practice, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals Football Practice June 14 0053

Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase: ‘Extra motivation’ after Madden rating

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase elected to take the high road after receiving what could be construed as a relatively low rating in Madden NFL 23.

Chase was listed with an 87 rating, tying him for 18th overall alongside new Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown and Houston Texans slot receiver Brandin Cooks.

“i’m going keep working. Extra motivation,” Chase posted on Twitter.

Chase, 22, received Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl selection after recording 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 games last season. He was taken by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders was listed first with a 99 rating. Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (98), Miami Dolphins offseason acquisition Tyreek Hill (97), Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Buffalo Bills star Stefon Diggs (95) rounded out the top five in the video game.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  J.J. Watt (left) with his brothers Derek Watt and T.J. Watt (right) appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at YouTube Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ T.J. Watt named NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year at NFL Honors in Los Angeles on Thursday following a dominating season in which he matched the NFL sack record.

Watt’s 22.5 sacks tied the record set by the New York Giants’ Michael Strahan in 2001.

The opening award of the NFL Honors ceremony was presented by Watt’s brother J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals, who is a three-time defensive player of the year (2012, 2014, 2015).

“My teammates, coaches back home in Pittsburgh, this truly is not possible without you guys,” said T.J. Watt, a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2017 who has 72 career sacks. “There are so many guys that put in so much work that goes unnoticed — and that goes for the guys in the cafeteria to the guys who are taping ankles. This one is for all of you guys.”

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was honored with NFL Moment of the Year for his record-breaking 66-yard field goal at Detroit on Sept. 26 as time expired in a 19-17 victory.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Chase, the No. 5 overall selection in last year’s draft, had 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns for the AFC champions.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons was named unanimous NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 13 sacks and 84 tackles. The No. 12 selection in last year’s draft out of Penn State had three forced fumbles in 16 games.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) walks onto the field during the Super Bowl Opening Night Fan Rally at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Ja’Marr Chase’s quick rise paramount to Bengals’ success

It was a near-unanimous forecast that the Cincinnati Bengals should draft an offensive lineman with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

But when the selection was read, it was speedy receiver Ja’Marr Chase joining the Bengals, not a big behemoth to help protect quarterback Joe Burrow.

Chase rapidly validated the team made the right choice, but that doesn’t mean the topic isn’t spinning like a top during Super Bowl week.

“That’s not my job,” Chase said when asked to dissect the team’s decision. “They picked me and that’s who we got here so they must have made the right decision.”

Chase’s quick stardom is one of the reasons why the Bengals are AFC champions and set to play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

In his debut NFL campaign, Chase set a single-season franchise record with 1,455 receiving yards on 81 receptions and caught 13 touchdown passes. Chase twice topped 200 yards in a contest, including a franchise-best 266 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 2.

He has tacked on 20 catches for 279 yards and one score in three postseason victories.

The biggest factor in the stellar rookie campaign was Chase’s familiarity with Burrow, who played with Chase for two college seasons at LSU. The duo already had chemistry and didn’t need to develop it.

Second-year signal caller Burrow knew the Bengals were considering picking Chase but said he had nothing to do with it coming to fruition.

“I didn’t go in and say, ‘I’d love to have Ja’Marr,’” Burrow said. “The organization did a really good job of making me feel like I was at least kept in the loop about the process.”

Still, Burrow’s feedback didn’t hurt and the Bengals appear to have a go-to target for the long haul.

The 21-year-old Chase is displaying he will someday join the list of great Cincinnati wideouts — alongside guys like Isaac Curtis (1973-84), Cris Collinsworth (1981-88), Carl Pickens (1992-99), Chad Johnson (2001-10) and A.J. Green (2011-20).

It was Johnson, with 260 yards against the San Diego Chargers in 2006, who held the single-game yardage mark that Chase broke.

Collinsworth, who is calling the Super Bowl for NBC, stunned people on a conference call earlier this week by saying Chase is the top wideout in franchise history.

“Ja’Marr Chase, in my estimation, is already the best receiver that I’ve ever seen play with a Cincinnati Bengals uniform on, and I don’t say that lightly,” Collinsworth said. “Isaac Curtis is a dear friend of mine, and Chad Ochocinco (Johnson) was phenomenal during his run here.

“But the number of times I’ve seen Ja’Marr Chase catch the football, five or 10 yards down the field, and score a touchdown without anybody tackling him obviously, first of all, but usually nobody touching him, his catch-and-run skills have just been so much fun to watch this season.”

Those type of comparisons further the narrative that Chase has done amazing things for a rookie.

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey has noticed and insists he wants to have the coverage duties in the Super Bowl.

“That’s what I’m asking for. That’s what I want,” Ramsey said. “Whoever you think their best man is, put me on him. Let me help the team win this game. That’s what it’s all about.”

Chase isn’t the least bit deterred by Ramsey’s wish.

“He trusts his speed a lot,” Chase said. “I don’t know how fast he runs in the 40 (yard dash) but we’re going to find out on game day.”

A top-notch team player, Burrow says you don’t have to worry about Chase throwing tantrums on the sideline and demanding the ball.

“If he sees something, he will come over and let me know,” Burrow said. “Ja’Marr is a guy if you tell him on the first rep, he does it (correctly) on the second rep. You don’t need to tell him about it over and over. He’s a great learner.”

What if the Bengals had drafted an offensive lineman and Chase ended up on a different team? Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said similar success would have happened for Chase.

“I think Ja’Marr, no matter what team drafted him, he would have had a ton of success this season,” Taylor said. “But I think him being able to hit the ground running and the chemistry standpoint and relationship with Joe has probably allowed him to maximize his opportunities in Year 1.

“You don’t go through the getting-to-know-you process. … He and Joe have already done that. They got that out of the way years ago at LSU. From Day 1, they were on the same page.”

–Field Level Media