Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs off the field between plays in the second quarter of the NFL Week 18 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

Bengals exercise 5th-year option on WR Ja’Marr Chase

The Cincinnati Bengals picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase on Wednesday, keeping him under contract through the 2025 season.

Chase is entering his fourth season and will make a base salary of $1.1 million. His base will balloon to at least $21.8 million in 2025 if a long-term extension hasn’t been reached by then.

Chase, 24, has earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his first three seasons. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021.

Selected No. 5 overall in the 2021 draft, Chase has 268 catches for 3,717 yards and 29 touchdowns in 45 games, all starts. He hauled in a career-high 100 receptions in 2023, tied for the second most in a season in team history.

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Dec 16, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs with the ball against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase, Steelers QB Kenny Pickett ruled out

Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett have been ruled out of Saturday’s AFC North clash in Pittsburgh.

Chase separated his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday. NFL Network reported Monday that he could end up missing multiple weeks of action for the Bengals (8-6).

“We ultimately made the decision it wasn’t going to happen,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said Thursday of playing Chase against the Steelers (7-7).

Chase did not participate in practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd will be expected to step up in his absence.

Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph took over for Mitchell Trubisky last week and will make his first start since 2021 on Saturday. Trubisky struggled in place of Pickett, who underwent ankle surgery aiming to expedite his recovery from a high ankle sprain sustained against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 3.

“I’ve got a lot of good relationships with the guys in the locker room,” Rudolph said. “I think anytime you’re here as long as I’ve been here, you had better have some or you’re probably not a good dude.

“Guys are excited for me and I’m excited to go out there. As the third-string quarterback, (do) you feel like you are really earning your paycheck week to week? And so, I finally get to earn it this week and put my hand in the pile and go fight for victory together.”

The Bengals are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are already playing without starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who sustained a season-ending wrist injury in a 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 16. Jake Browning has taken over under center.

Chase, 23, leads the team in catches (93), receiving yards (1,156) and touchdowns (seven) in 14 games this season.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Chase has 261 receptions for 3,657 yards and 29 touchdowns in 43 career games. He was selected by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of LSU.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) smiles after completing a deep pass in the first quarter of the NFL Week 15 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at PayCor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.

Bengals coach on Ja’Marr Chase: ‘We’ll see as the week goes’

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor isn’t prepared to make any rash decisions on the availability of wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase for Saturday’s game against the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

Taylor told reporters on Tuesday that Chase wouldn’t practice that day. Taylor also said that ‘we’ll see as the week goes’ in regard to determining his star wideout’s status versus the Steelers (7-7).

Chase separated his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday. NFL Network reported Monday that he could end up missing multiple weeks of action.

The Bengals (8-6) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are already playing without starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who sustained a season-ending wrist injury in a 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 16. Jake Browning has taken over under center.

Chase, 23, leads the team in catches (93), receiving yards (1,156) and touchdowns (seven) in 14 games this season.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Chase has 261 receptions for 3,657 yards and 29 touchdowns in 43 career games. He was selected by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of LSU.

Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd likely will be expected to step up in Chase’s absence.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) points to the crowd as the Bengals face the Minnesota Vikings at Paycor Stadium Saturday, December 16, 2023.

Report: Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder) likely to miss game

Cincinnati wideout Ja’Marr Chase likely will miss the Bengals’ Saturday meeting with the host Pittsburgh Steelers due to a shoulder injury, NFL Network reported Monday night.

Chase separated his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday. He could end up missing multiple weeks, per the report.

The Bengals (8-6) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are already playing without starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who sustained a season-ending wrist injury in a 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 16. Jake Browning has taken over under center.

In 14 games this season, Chase, 23, has 93 receptions for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. He is in his third season with Cincinnati after the Bengals selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 draft out of LSU.

Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd likely will be expected to step up in Chase’s absence.

Pittsburgh (7-7) earned a 16-10 win at Cincinnati on Nov. 26.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) makes a leaping catch in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 15 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at PayCor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. The Bengals won on an overtime field goal.

Report: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase has separated shoulder

Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase sustained a separated right shoulder during his team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, NFL Network reported.

Chase, who is set to undergo further testing on Sunday, was injured as he reeled in a 24-yard reception early in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 27-24 overtime win. He came to the sideline briefly before returning to the contest, however he exited with three minutes left in regulation and was ruled out in overtime. Chase returned to the sideline in street clothes wearing a sling.

NFL Network reported that while it’s unclear of the severity of the injury, it is possible that Chase could be available for Cincinnati (8-6) in its road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) on Saturday.

Chase, 23, leads the team in catches (93), receiving yards (1,156) and touchdowns (seven) in 14 games this season.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Chase has 261 receptions for 3,657 yards and 29 touchdowns in 43 career games. He was selected by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of LSU.

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Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman (6) is penalized for unnecessary roughness after hitting Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in the fourth quarter of a Week 10 NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. The Houston Texans won, 30-27.

NFL suspends Texans LB Denzel Perryman for hits

Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman has been suspended three games by the NFL for repeated violations of player safety rules, the league announced Tuesday.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan referenced in a letter to Perryman that the latter was “involved in a play that the league considers a serious violation of the playing rules” during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“You lowered your head and delivered a forcible blow to the shoulder and then the head/neck of the receiver (Ja’Marr Chase),” Runyan wrote.

Perryman was flagged for unnecessary roughness for the hit the play.

Runyan also noted that Perryman has been involved in six violations of this type — including one in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.

“When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player, it is appropriate to impose substantially greater penalties,” Runyan wrote in his letter.

Perryman will sit out Houston’s home games against the Arizona Cardinals (Sunday), Jacksonville Jaguars (Nov. 26) and Denver Broncos (Dec. 3) as a result of the suspension. He is eligible to return to the Texans’ roster on Dec. 4.

Perryman, 30, has 41 tackles and a half-sack in six games (five starts) this season.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2021, Perryman has totaled 627 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 102 career games (82 starts) with the then-San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2015-20), Las Vegas Raiders (2021-22) and Texans.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) stiff arms Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (7) after a catch in the fourth quarter during a Week 9 NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase to play vs. Texans

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase participated in warmups and is listed as active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Houston Texans.

Chase, who earlier had been listed as questionable to play against the Texans, injured his back in a hard fall during Sunday night’s 24-18 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and was limited in both Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions.

Chase being available to play on Sunday is a welcome sight for the Bengals (5-3), who ruled out wideout Tee Higgins due to a hamstring injury.

Chase, 23, leads the team in catches (64), receiving yards (697) and receiving touchdowns (four) in eight games this season. The No. 5 overall pick in 2021 had four receptions for 41 yards in Cincinnati’s victory over Buffalo.

Higgins, 24, had eight catches for a season-high 110 yards versus the Bills. He has 27 catches for 328 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season.

In addition to Higgins, the Bengals listed linebacker Devin Harper, center Trey Hill, defensive tackle Josh Tupou, defensive end Sam Hubbard and offensive tackle Jackson Carman as inactive for Sunday’s game.

The Texans (4-4) listed the following players as inactive: wide receiver Nico Collins, running back Dameon Pierce, tight end Brevin Jordan, safety Jimmie Ward, linebackers Henry To’oTo’o and Jake Hansen, and fullback Andrew Beck.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) talks with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) in the fourth quarter of the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct 29, 2023.

Bengals’ Tee Higgins does not practice, Ja’Marr Chase returns

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins did not practice Thursday during the portion open to the media.

Higgins is nursing a hamstring injury that reportedly was discovered during Wednesday’s workouts.

While Higgins’ availability for this weekend remains in limbo, fellow wideout Ja’Marr Chase appeared to take a step in the right direction after participating in individual drills on Thursday. Chase injured his back following a hard fall during Sunday night’s 24-18 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Tyler Boyd would be in line for a larger role for the Bengals (5-3) if either Chase or Higgins were unable to play Sunday against the visiting Houston Texans (4-4).

Complicating matters is that Cincinnati has a short week following the game against Houston. The Bengals will visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Chase, 23, leads the team in catches (64), receiving yards (697) and receiving touchdowns (four) in eight games this season. The No. 5 overall pick in 2021 had four receptions for 41 yards in Cincinnati’s victory over Buffalo.

Higgins, 24, had eight catches for a season-high 110 yards versus the Bills. He has 27 catches for 328 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season.

Boyd, 29, has 36 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns in eight games this season.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (right) and tight end Travis Kelce celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce to Ja’Marr Chase: Don’t disrespect Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce came to the defense of Patrick Mahomes after he felt his quarterback was disrespected by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Kelce said he understood Chase taking up for his own quarterback Joe Burrow when asked to name the best player in the NFL. Kelce, however, took issue with the wideout’s “Pat who?” comment this week on his “New Heights” podcast that he co-hosts with his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce.

“I thought it was a little bold,” Travis Kelce said. “(Mahomes) is a two-time league MVP, two-time Super Bowl MVP. To say ‘Pat who?’ is like I don’t know.”

“(A) little disrespectful,” Jason Kelce said.

“It is what it is, dog. Who doesn’t love some good locker room banter, man?” Travis Kelce said. “Shoutout to Ja’Marr Chase for holding it down for his QB, but don’t you ever disrespect Pat Mahomes, now. If you wanna talk your (expletive), talk your (expletive), pimp. Just better back it up.”

Mahomes took to social media recently to tweet a picture of himself wearing two Super Bowl rings at the Chiefs’ ring ceremony on June 15. He answered Chase’s “question” in his own way: “That’s who.”

Burrow, 26, was an NFL MVP finalist last season after throwing for a franchise-record 35 touchdowns. Chase, 23, caught 87 passes for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.

Mahomes, 27, led the NFL in passing yards (5,250) and touchdowns (41) last season. He also got the better of Burrow and the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game before leading the Chiefs to a 38-35 win over the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

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