Quick Hits: Take A Bow In Paycor Encore, Jake Browning; Bengals Offense Flashes Versatility; Chido Questionable For Sunday
Browning, 27, has done what no Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has done in their 56 seasons. He came off the bench to make his first six NFL starts in November and December in the teeth of a playoff run with each game bigger than the next.
Bengals Name Chidobe Awuzie as Team's 2023 Winner of Ed Block Courage Award
"I am very excited to receive the Ed Block Courage Award," said Awuzie. "I have been in the league for seven years now and seen a lot of great players receive this award. I'm humbled to accept it on behalf of the Bengals, San Jose, Nigeria and all the people who I've honored and honor me."
Five Things To Watch: Bengals vs. Browns
Should Hendrickson come out of the weekend on top, he would be the first Bengals player to lead the NFL in sacks since the league began keeping track of the stat in 1982. He also stands at second place on Cincinnati's single-season sack chart, trailing only Coy Bacon's 22 in 1976.
Bengals' Tee Higgins: Misses another practice Friday
Higgins has been a non-participant in practice throughout the week. Head coach Zac Taylor was non-committal about Higgins' status for Sunday's game against the Browns, but the receiver's lack of practice activity doesn't bode well for his chances of playing in the season finale.
Joe Mixon added to Browns vs. Bengals injury report for Week 18
Of note, Ja’Marr Chase got upgraded to a full practice on Thursday, which coincided with him telling reporters that he’ll play no matter what. Quarterback Jake Browning is a new arrival to the injury report with a foot issue, too, though he went in full.
Browns vs. Bengals preview: Jeff Driskel is ready for his first game of the season
"We want that, too. Especially against a rival like the Browns," DE Sam Hubbard told reporters in Cincinnati. "It's a great opportunity to finish on a high note. I know we finished 2019 with a home win against the Browns. We were 2-14 that year, but it was really good for momentum coming into the offseason."
Bengals' Higgins listed as doubtful for regular season finale vs. Browns
If Higgins is unable to play on Sunday afternoon, the wideout will finish the 2023 season with 42 catches for 656 yards and five touchdowns. That yardage total would be the lowest recorded by Higgins during his four-year NFL career with the Bengals.
Quick Hits: Ja'Marr Seeks Big Finish; Explosive Offseason On Bengals Defense; #WPMOYChallenge Ted Karras
"I love football. You never know when it's going to be your last game," Chase said after Thursday's practice in the IEL Indoor Facility. "At the end of the day, I just want to give thanks to the guys who have been in this locker room who might not be here next year."
PFF names fan favorite as perfect 2024 NFL draft fit for Bengals
No wonder why — fans love the idea of Bowers joining the Joe Burrow-led offense as the No. 1 tight end after years of the team just throwing a short-term signing out there in the spot.
For this week’s Bengals Reacts, we asked: Will an AFC North team win the Super Bowl? 63% of voters said they believed so.
In addition, 42% of voters said they are still confident in the direction of this franchise.
And here are the Week 18 picks.
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