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1-11, 4th in AFC North
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Bengals' Ross: Joint injury nearly threatened life

Bengals wide receiver John Ross, who is preparing to return to the field this week, said a doctor told him the sternoclavicular joint in his chest came about an inch from puncturing an artery.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Bengals coach Zac Taylor why there hasn't been serious consideration about putting A.J. Green on IR despite missing the first 13 games of the season, including this week's game against Cleveland. Taylor: "We feel like he'll be able to play this year. And he's doing everything he can to get himself back on the field. If he can do it, we'd love to see what he looks like and get him out there and he'll help the team."

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Bengals activate WR Ross off injured reserve

John Ross, who has a career-high 328 receiving yards despite playing in only four games for the Bengals this season, has been activated off IR.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have officially activated WR John Ross off the injured reserve list. Ross has been on the IR since he injured his sternclavicular joint in the Week 4 loss at Pittsburgh. To make room for Ross, the team waived rookie wide receiver Damion Willis. This is the second time the Bengals have wavied the undrafted wideout from Troy. Earlier this year, Willis was added to Cincinnati's practice squad after he cleared waivers.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals wide receiver John Ross is expected to be back for this Sunday's game at Cleveland, coach Zac Taylor said Monday. Ross has been out since he injured a sternoclavicular joint in the Week 4 loss at Pittsburgh and placed on injured reserve. Ross has fulfilled the minimum eight-game absence required with an IR stint. The 2017 first-round pick was in the midst of his best NFL season before the injury. Ross has a career-high 328 receiving yards despite playing in only four games.

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Bengals running back Joe Mixon gave Jets assistant Frank Pollack a game ball with a thank-you note following Cincinnati's 22-6 win over New York on Sunday. Pollack was in Cincinnati in 2018 as the team's offensive line coach and was instrumental in helping Mixon lead the AFC in rushing. "I just told him thanks for everything he's done for us and for me and as a person," said Mixon, who said he thought he saw some tears in Pollack's eyes when they met after the game.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals WR A.J. Green said he hasn't experienced any swelling in his ankle recently and "everything's trending up." However, he said he still doesn't know if he will play this season. "When my ankle feels good enough to play, then I'll play," Green said Sunday after Cincinnati's 22-6 win over the Jets. Green hasn't participated in team drills since Nov. 4 and hasn't played in any games this season because of the ankle injury.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Per FPI: The Giants now have a 20% chance to earn the No. 1 overall pick after the 1 p.m. games that included a Bengals win, a Redskins win, a Dolphins win and a Giants loss. The Bengals remain the favorite to earn the top pick at 66%.


Dalton returns and leads Bengals to 1st win, 22-6 over Jets

Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile Sunday and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Cincinnati Bengals history.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals inactives for today's game against the Jets: QB Jake Dolegala, WR A.J. Green, CB Torry McTyer, OL John Jerry, TE Cethan Carter, TE Drew Sample, DE Anthony Zettel.

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With two tight ends out for Sunday's game against the Jets, TE Mason Schreck has been moved to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make space, the Bengals waived LT Andre Smith. The Bengals' first-round pick in 2009 made five starts this season with Cordy Glenn out because of a reported concussion.

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Bengals starting linebacker Nick Vigil is expected to play Sunday against the Jets, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. Vigil, who is officially listed as questionable in the team's injury report, was a limited participant on Friday after he missed Wednesday and Thursday with a minor ankle injury. Others who will be out: WR A.J. Green (ankle), TE Cethan Carter (concussion), TE Drew Sample (ankle), OL Alex Redmond (elbow).

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil did not practice today because of an ankle injury, according to the team report issued Wednesday. Three guys out for rest: DT Geno Atkins, TE Tyler Eifert and CB Darqueze Dennard. TE Drew Sample is still nursing a high-ankle sprain. LB Jordan Evans was limited with a hamstring injury. And nothing's changed with WR A.J. Green.

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Dalton's goal is to win, not protect draft position

Back in the starting roll, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says his goal is to win games, even if that puts the franchise's potential top overall draft pick at risk.

Team Stats

Passing Yards223.019th
Rushing Yards78.029th
Points For14.831st
Points Against24.8