The Bengals have elevated cornerback Allan George from the practice squad to the active roster for tomorrow’s game at New England, the team announced Friday.
George is classified as a standard elevation who will automatically revert to the practice squad after the conclusion of the team’s Week 16 game vs. the Pats.
Last week saw George get his first gameday call-up with Jalen Davis (thumb) and Mike Hilton (knee) out due to injury. Hilton looks set to play this week after going full in Thursday’s practice, whereas Davis was limited in all three sessions this week and could be out again, paving the way for George to be active for a second-straight week.
The Cincinnati Bengals have downgraded tight end Hayden Hurst to out for Week 16 due to his lingering calf injury. Hurst was initially listed as questionable after getting three-straight limited practices in.
With Hurst out, Mitchell Wilcox figures to be the Bengals’ top tight end again when they take on the New England Patriots.
The Cincinnati Bengals released their final injury report of the week ahead of their matchup against the New England Patriots. With the game being played on Saturday, the report released today is the equivalent of a Friday injury report on a normal week.
The Bengals only have one player listed as out for Saturday and that is defensive end Sam Hubbard (calf). The expectation is that Hubbard misses 2-4 weeks, so he should be back for the playoffs, assuming the Bengals don’t have a total collapse and miss them.
Questionable for Cincinnati are cornerback Jalen Davis (thumb), tight end Hayden Hurst (calf), cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jay Tufele (illness).
Hurst would be a welcomed addition back to the offense, as the weapons continue to get healthy. With Tee Higgins finishing the week with two-straight full practices, Hurst returning to the lineup would make the offense as complete as it has been through the whole six-game winning streak.
Cornerback Mike Hilton (knee) had a full practice Thursday and looks prepared to suit up after missing Week 15. Hilton told reporters after the win in Tampa that he expected to return this week, and it appears he will.
For New England, they will be without cornerback Jalen Mills and wideout DeVante Parker on Saturday. Long snapper Joe Cardona is also out and as Bengals fans, we know how impactful that can be.
Notable players who are questionable include receiver Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) and running backs Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) and Damien Harris (thigh).
In what could be a cold, ugly game, New England’s top two backs being out could have a huge impact on the game if they aren’t able to suit up.
Bengals vs. Patriots Injury Report
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