Dec 11, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA;  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) has the ball stripped by Cleveland Browns linebacker Deion Jones (54) during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (finger) out for game vs. Browns

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd departed Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after injuring a finger on his right hand in the opening quarter.

The Bengals initially termed Boyd as questionable to return before later ruling him out. Boyd has 45 receptions for 655 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Cincinnati was shorthanded at wideout as Tee Higgins’ hamstring injury limited him to just one snap through the first three quarters. The Bengals took Higgins off the injury report Friday and listed him as questionable to return during Sunday’s game.

Higgins has 60 catches for 861 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts).

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) cuts against Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) on a catch in the first quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at PayCor Stadium in downtown on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. The Bengals 14-12 at halftime.

Miami Dolphins At Cincinnati Bengals Week 4

Bengals WR Tee Higgins active vs. Saints

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is active for Sunday’s game against the host New Orleans Saints.

Higgins tested his ailing ankle by running routes with the receiving group and reeled in passes from Joe Burrow prior to the game.

Higgins’ availability was in question after he was limited to just 10 snaps due to an ankle injury during the Bengals’ 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. He then missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday before being limited on Friday.

Higgins, 23, has 20 catches for 315 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Left tackle Jonah Williams is also active for Sunday’s game. He missed the week’s first two practices before being limited during Friday’s session due to a knee injury.

The Bengals listed cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt, running back Trayveon Williams, offensive tackle D’Ante Smith and offensive guard Jackson Carman as inactive for Sunday’s game.

The Saints, however, will be without wide receivers Michael Thomas, Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry as well as cornerback Marshon Lattimore, offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, defensive end Payton Turner and tight end Nick Vannett. All seven players were listed as inactive.

Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will receive the start against his former team on Sunday. Jameis Winston, who is nursing back and ankle injuries, will serve as the backup in an emergency role.

Dalton, 34, has gone 1-1 as the Saints starter. The TCU product was a second-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2011.

Over nine seasons at Cincinnati, Dalton was 78-70-2 as a starter, completing 62.3 percent of his passes with 228 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2016.

Dalton is now with his third team in three seasons, playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, one year after he saw time with the Chicago Bears. In 17 starts over the past three seasons, Dalton has gone 8-9.

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Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) catches a pass and runs to the end zone in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Tee Higgins practices, status vs. Saints in question

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins returned to practice Friday, however coach Zac Taylor said the team will hold on announcing his playing status against the New Orleans Saints until later this weekend.

Higgins was limited to just 10 snaps due to an ankle injury during the Bengals’ 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. He then missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

“We’ll just take it day-to-day,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t tell you at this point if he’s going to be able to play in a game.”

Higgins, 23, has 20 catches for 315 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Like Higgins, left tackle Jonah Williams missed the week’s first two practices before returning for Friday’s session. Williams is being plagued by a knee injury, however Taylor said he was “encouraged” by what he saw from the 24-year-old during practice.

“I’ve been getting the swelling down, so it’s getting better,” Williams said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) completes a deep pass down the sideline during a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at the Paycor Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (concussion) won’t return vs. Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins will miss the rest of Sunday’s contest with a concussion after taking a hit to the head during the second quarter of the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Higgins caught a short pass midway through the quarter and was tackled by Pittsburgh’s Devin Bush and Terrell Edmunds. The hit by Bush moved Higgins toward Edmunds, whose helmet smacked into Higgins.

Higgins walked gingerly off the field and was taken to the locker room for evaluation. He was ruled out just before the start of the second half.

Higgins, a third-year pro, had two receptions for 27 yards before exiting. He caught 141 passes for 1,999 yards and 12 touchdowns in 30 games over his first two NFL seasons.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (center) talks with wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase (left) Tee Higgins (right) before the Reds home opening game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Guardians at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Cleveland Guardians At Cincinnati Reds Home Opener

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) to miss 2 months

Cincinnati Bengals third-year wide receiver Tee Higgins underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for two months, missing offseason workouts.

Higgins missed two games early in the 2021 season with the injury but ended up catching 74 passes for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns in 14 starts.

“Made a decision to get it fixed,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday. “(I) don’t expect him to be part of the offseason.”

Higgins, 23, has 1,999 receiving yards and 12 TDs in his first two seasons with the Bengals, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Higgins caught 18 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns in four postseason games (three starts) during the Bengals’ run to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams in February. Higgins had 100 yards receiving and both of his TDs in the Super Bowl loss.

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Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) against the Tennessee Titans during the second half during a AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) on injury report, practices

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is back on the injury report with a knee issue but was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Wide receiver Tee Higgins (thumb) was also a full participant despite being included on the injury list.

Rookie edge rusher Cam Sample (groin) did not practice. Nine-game starting defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) was limited. Reserve wide receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring) was also limited.

Tupou started against the Tennessee Titans in last week’s AFC divisional game. He played just five snaps before getting injured. He played in all 17 games for the Bengals, starting nine.

The Bengals will play Kansas City on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

Burrow was not on the injury report last week, ahead of the Bengals-Titans game. He completed 75.7 percent of his passes and threw for 348 yards with an interception against the Titans, but was sacked nine times.

Burrow said Wednesday the team is working on non-verbal communication, given how loud he expects Arrowhead Stadium to be.

“In the SEC, every single week it seems like every stadium is really loud, there’s hundreds of thousands of people,” Burrow said. “This one is going to be similar. We expect it to be really loud, we’re talking about it throughout the week. We’re going to have to be great with our communication, our non-verbal communication, just like every week on the road.”

Speaking of communication, Burrow said he lost head coach Zac Taylor last Sunday due to a problem with his headset. The sophomore sensation was forced to call his own plays until his headset functioned again.

“Zac always jokes don’t pretend like the headset goes out so you can call your own plays,” Burrow said. “All of them worked — that was fun.”

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Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Joe Mixon’s availability hinges on Saturday workout

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he will take an extra day to determine the availability of running back Joe Mixon for Sunday’s game against the visiting Green Bay Packers.

Taylor told reporters Friday that Mixon will work out for the team on Saturday. Mixon has yet to practice this week after sustaining a low-grade ankle sprain in the Bengals’ 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 30.

Samaje Perine would be in line for a larger workload for the Bengals (3-1) should Mixon be unable to play against the Packers (3-1).

Mixon, 25, leads the team in carries (83), rushing yards (353) and rushing touchdowns (two).

Perine, 26, has nine carries for 28 yards.

Taylor also said wide receiver Tee Higgins is on track to play Sunday after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Higgins, 22, totaled 10 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

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