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Bengals News (11/26): Jordan Battle set to make his first start

The Bengals will get a glimpse at what will hopefully be their safety tandem of the future.

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Bengals Roster Moves: Joe Burrow to Reserved/Injured List, Chase Brown Activated, QB Elevated for Week 12
Returned HB Chase Brown to the active roster from the Reserve/Injured list. Brown had been on the Reserve/Injured list since Oct. 28 with a hamstring injury. He had been designated for return from Reserve/Injured and cleared to practice on Monday.

The Sam Hubbard Foundation and The Christ Hospital Health Network Unite to Spread Thanksgiving Joy with Holiday Meal Distribution
Cincinnati (November 21st, 2023) – With the holiday season in full swing, the Sam Hubbard Foundation partnered with The Christ Hospital Health Network to distribute Thanksgiving meals to families in need across the Tri-State. On Tuesday, more than 250 families received meals at Grandview Elementary in Bellevue, Kentucky and Lighthouse Youth & Family Services in Cincinnati.

Bengals Lose Two Starters for Pittsburgh Steelers Game
The Bengals will miss star wide receiver Tee Higgins for a third game this season as the wideout recovers from an hamstring injury. While there was some optimism Higgins would return for Pittsburgh, he was unable to practice, leaving him sidelined for gameday.

Bengals put Joe Burrow on IR, promote AJ McCarron to active roster
Jake Browning, who has been with the team since 2021 and won the backup job heading into this season, will make his first career NFL start. AJ McCarron, who is in his second stint with the club, was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's contest versus Pittsburgh (6-4).

Bengals’ rookie in line for first NFL start
Rookie safety Jordan Battle could be getting his first NFL start Sunday against Pittsburgh after he replaced veteran Nick Scott 11 snaps into the 34-20 loss against Baltimore on Nov. 16. Scott never went back in after that, and Battle played a season-high 57 snaps and recorded a team-high 11 tackles.

3 Black Friday free agent bargains that can boost Bengals playoff hopes
The Cincinnati Bengals are not a team that tends to get active on the free agent market late in seasons, but this could be a year that Cincinnati may look to turn an in-season addition into a valuable and productive piece in a year now that Joe Burrow is out for the year but with the playoffs still a slight possibility.

New England Patriots Waive Former Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Will Grier
The Patriots waived former Bengals and Cowboys quarterback Will Grier according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Grier signed with the Patriots earlier this season after spending time on Cincinnati’s practice squad.

Cincinnati Bengals elevate AJ McCarron for Sunday’s game
Quarterback AJ McCarron will be in uniform and available to play in an NFL regular-season game on Sunday for the first time since Jan. 3, 2021.

Around the league

NFL Week 12 bold predictions: Bryce Young's career day lifts Panthers to second win
Bryce Young has thrown for 200 or more yards just four times this season -- he last did it in Week 8. We’ve been waiting for the No. 1 overall pick to break out, and we will finally get it 12 weeks into the season. Young has his best outing by a mile against the Titans, with 300 pass yards and a trio of TDs. Oh, and the Panthers win!

Injury roundup: Chargers WR Jalen Guyton (groin), TE Gerald Everett (chest) expected to play vs. Ravens
Guyton missed L.A.'s first seven contests of 2023 on the physically unable to perform list, but he showed some budding chemistry with quarterback Justin Herbert during the Chargers' Week 10 tilt versus the Lions by putting up four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Dolphins LB Jaelan Phillips suffered torn Achilles in Black Friday win over Jets, will miss rest of season
To add insult to injury, the tear occurred near the end of a stellar performance by Phillips and the defense. Miami had the game well in hand, leading New York, 27-6, with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Phillips went down immediately upon pushing off for his pass rush.

Saints place CB Marshon Lattimore (ankle) on injured reserve
Lattimore, who had already been ruled out for Sunday's game versus Atlanta, suffered the ankle injury in a Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which head coach Dennis Allen described as "fairly significant" as New Orleans headed into its bye week.