Hurst caught four of five targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: After missing the Bengals' last three games with a calf injury, Hurst reclaimed his role as Cincinnati's top tight end. The veteran played 73 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps, and his four catches were third-most of any Cincinnati pass catcher. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old was not able to get much going for fantasy purposes in the regular season finale. Hurst will look to bounce back and make the most of his opportunities in the wild card round of the playoffs, as the Bengals will square off against the Ravens once again.
Jan 11, 2023 2:37 AM EST
Hurst (calf) was a full practice participant Thursday, Andrew Gillis of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The full session to open Week 17 prep sets the stage for Hurst to make his return to the lineup after missing the Bengals' last three games with the calf injury. Assuming he experiences no setbacks as the week rolls along, Hurst should reclaim his role as the Bengals' top tight end, sending Mitchell Wilcox back to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart in the process. In his 12 appearances on the season, Hurst has put together a 48-400-2 receiving line on 63 targets.
Dec 29, 2022 1:46 PM EST
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Tuesday that he's "very optimistic" Hurst (calf) will be available for Monday's game against the Bills, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Even though Taylor said Hurst had a "good week" of practices last Tuesday through Thursday, the tight end proceeded to sit out Saturday's 22-18 win over the Patriots, marking his third consecutive absence. The Bengals may have just wanted to exercise some caution with Hurst by holding him out Week 16, but once he gets the chance to pick up some more practice reps and regain conditioning, the 29-year-old looks like he'll be on pace to play Monday night. Through his first 12 appearances of the season, Hurst cobbled together a 48-400-2 receiving line on 63 targets.
Dec 27, 2022 12:32 PM EST
Hurst (calf) has been downgraded to out for Saturday's game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Hurst was initially deemed questionable for the contest after practicing in a limited capacity this week, but he's now slated to miss his third straight game. In his continued absence, Mitchell Wilcox is in line to start at tight end for the Bengals on Saturday, an assignment that led to him securing all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 15 win over the Buccaneers.
Dec 23, 2022 9:55 AM EST
Hurst (calf) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Patriots after practicing in a limited fashion this week.
Analysis: Ben Baby of ESPN previously noted that the tight end feels ready to return to action Saturday, but Hurst's Week 16 status won't be confirmed until the Bengals' inactives are posted ahead of the team's 1:00 ET kickoff. If Hurst ends up out or limited this weekend, Mitchell Wilcox would be in line to see added snaps versus New England.
Dec 22, 2022 11:00 AM EST
Hurst (calf) was a limited practice participant Wednesday and said he's preparing like he'll play Saturday against the Patriots, ESPN.com's Ben Baby reports.
Analysis: Hurst missed the past two games after injuring his calf in a Week 13 win over the Chiefs on Dec. 4. Mitchell Wilcox played 79 and 91 percent of snaps with Hurst out, catching four of five targets for 44 yards and a TD across the two games. After back-to-back days being listed as limited, Hurst will have one more chance Thursday to upgrade to full participation before Saturday's game.
Dec 21, 2022 2:33 PM EST
Hurst (calf) was present for Tuesday's walkthrough and was listed as a limited participant on the practice report estimate, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a sign of progress after back-to-back absences, though far from a guarantee Hurst will be ready for Sunday's game at New England. Mitchell Wilcox has played more than 70 percent of offensive snaps in three straight games for Cincinnati, and while he's been targeted only six times in that stretch, he did score a TD in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Even so, a healthy Hurst is much more useful to the Cincinnati passing game.
Dec 20, 2022 2:12 PM EST
Hurst (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Hurst, who was unable to practice this week, will thus miss his second straight game, which sets the stage for Mitchell Wilcox to draw another start at tight end for the Bengals this weekend. Hurst will target a potential return to action a week from Saturday versus the Patriots.
Dec 16, 2022 11:00 AM EST
Hurst (calf) isn't participating in the portion of Friday's practice that's open to the media, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 29-year-old sat out last week's win over the Browns with the calf injury, and he hasn't participated at practice this week. Hurst is trending toward a doubtful or out designation for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, so Mitchell Wilcox is likely to receive another start.
Dec 16, 2022 8:28 AM EST
Hurst (calf) was working out off to the side during Thursday's practice and will be listed as a non-participant, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hurst hasn't joined the Bengals' healthy players for either of their first two practices and looks on track to sit out his second straight game Sunday at Tampa Bay, which head coach Zac Taylor suggested would be the case when he spoke to the media Wednesday. Assuming Hurst remains out again this weekend, Mitchell Wilcox will be on track to make another start, though don't expect him to be as involved in the passing game as Hurst has been when available this season.
Dec 15, 2022 12:14 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor acknowledged Wednesday that it "seems doubtful" that Hurst (calf) will be able to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Taylor previously described Hurst as week-to-week, and the tight end is trending toward missing his second straight game. In Hurst's absence this past Sunday against the Browns, Mitchell Wilcox started at TE for the Bengals and caught one of his two targets for 10 yards.
Dec 14, 2022 1:19 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Hurst (calf) remains week-to-week, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurst sat out Week 14 due to a calf injury he picked up during the Bengals' Week 13 win over the Chiefs. It doesn't sound like he's made much progress at this point, but Wednesday's initial injury report should provide further clarity on his availability moving forward. Hurst didn't practice at all last week, so any participation during Week 15 prep will be be a step in the right direction.
Dec 12, 2022 12:26 PM EST
Hurst (calf) won't play Sunday against the Browns.
Analysis: Hurst will miss a game for the first time since donning a Bengals uniform. He got hurt late in the Week 13 win over the Chiefs. The starting tight end's absence should create more opportunities for Mitchell Wilcox against the Browns, while Hurst will set his sights on recovering in time to face the Buccaneers in Week 15.
Dec 9, 2022 12:25 PM EST
Hurst (calf) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Andrew Gillis of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Gillis adds coach Zac Taylor has called the tight end doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns. For his part, Hurst noted Thursday that his right calf injury is "nothing serious," and that he expects to return in a couple of weeks. Considering that, Hurst could be officially ruled out once the Bengals' final Week 14 injury report is posted Friday. If so, Mitchell Wilcox would be in line to serve as Cincinnati's top tight end against Cleveland.
Dec 8, 2022 12:28 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor said Hurst (calf) will likely be listed as doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Browns, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurst caught two of three targets for 12 yards before suffering the calf injury, but the extent of the issue remains unclear, as Baby relays that the team is still gathering more information. With the starting tight end unlikely to play, Mitchell Wilcox and Devin Asiasi figure to be candidates for increased roles in Week 14.
Dec 5, 2022 12:07 PM EST
Hurst exited Sunday's game against the Chiefs after suffering a right calf injury, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Prior to leaving the contest, Hurst had caught two of his three targets for 12 yards. In his absence, Mitchell Wilcox is next in line for Cincinnati's tight end targets.
Dec 4, 2022 2:07 PM EST
Hurst had six catches for 57 yards on nine targets in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Analysis: Hurst was second on the team in catches and yards, tying Tee Higgins with the nine targets. The Titans initially took away the outside, leaving room for Hurst to do some damage in the middle of the field. Hurst has only scored twice this season, but he's now up to 46 catches for 388 yards.
Nov 27, 2022 2:50 PM EST
Hurst had two catches for 28 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Hurst had his two catches early in the game, before quarterback Joe Burrow started finding his wideouts more later on. Hurst faces a Titans defense next week that has allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends so far this season.
Nov 20, 2022 5:26 PM EST
Hurst recorded five receptions on five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Hurst did the majority of his damage in the first half, racking up four receptions for 22 yards. With the Bengals up by 35 after two quarters, the team significantly scaled back their passing attack, in turn limiting all pass catchers' numbers. Even so, Hurst has topped 40 yards and recorded at least four catches in each of his last three games.
Nov 6, 2022 8:15 PM EST
Hurst caught all four of his targets for 42 yards in Monday's 32-13 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Hurst finished fourth on the team in targets behind Joe Mixon (nine), Tee Higgins (six) and Tyler Boyd (five). Even in Ja'Marr Chase's (hip) absence, Hurst will likely remain the fourth option for quarterback Joe Burrow. The tight end's season high is a modest 53 yards, though Hurst has topped 40 yards four times heading into Cincinnati's Week 9 home game against the Panthers.
Oct 31, 2022 9:19 PM EST
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