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Zac Taylor gives encouraging update on Bengals injuries

Sounds like Tee Higgins, Sam Hubbard, and CTB could play this week, while Chase Brown is nearing a return from his IR stint.

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With Joe Burrow done for the season, the Cincinnati Bengals need all hands on deck if they’re going to stay in the playoff race.

That begins this week with a crucial matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who actually hold the No. 7 seed in the AFC Playoffs if the season ended today.

On Wednesday, head coach Zac Taylor had a very encouraging update on the Bengals injuries. Tee Higgins, Cam Taylor-Britt, and Sam Hubbard could all play this week, while rookie Chase Brown is making good progress as he looks to be activated off the injured reserve list very soon.

When Higgins initially pulled his hamstring in practice, it was viewed as a week-to-week injury that could sideline him for several games. He missed the losses to Houston and Baltimore, the latter coming last Thursday, so he’s had some extra rest time. Hopefully, that’s enough to get him back in the lineup for Sunday’s must-win game.

Hubbard has also missed the last two games due to an ankle injury, and it was painfully evident with how much the defense struggled.

Taylor-Britt has been battling a quad injury but has yet to miss a game this year.

As for Brown, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, the hope is the fifth-round rookie will give a little extra juice to a running game that’s currently ranked 30th in rushing yards per game (80.9).

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