Higgins (shoulder) is present for practice but not participating, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's reportedly what Higgins expected, and he's no longer using a sling as he rehabs from labrum surgery in March. He'll presumably be absent or limited from offseason practices throughout May or June, but the 23-year-old wideout could make it back on the field at the end of July for the start of training camp. There's been no indication of concern about his availability for the regular season.
May 17, 2022 8:56 AM EST
Higgins had the labrum in his left shoulder repaired last month, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Analysis: The report notes that the wideout, who was spotted at a Cincinnati Reds game Tuesday with his left arm in a sling, is expected to recover from the procedure well before training camp. This past season, the 2020 second-rounder caught 74 of his 110 targets for 1,091 yards and six TDs in 14 games. In 2022, the 23-year-old will reprise his starting role in a Bengals wide receiver corps that also includes the ascending Ja'Marr Chase as well as Tyler Boyd.
Apr 12, 2022 2:10 PM EST
Higgins recorded four receptions on seven targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Higgins made the most of his four catches by tallying a pair of touchdowns in the biggest game of the season. The first came on a trick play that resulted in a six-yard pass from Joe Mixon in the back corner of the end zone. Higgins then added an explosive 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half when he beat Jalen Ramsey down the sideline and outraced the rest of the Rams' secondary to the end zone. He was largely quiet from there, as Joe Burrow was consistently pressured and the Bengals' offense struggled to produce as a result. Overall, Higgins delivered impressive results in his second professional season, and he will continue to be a dynamic performer working opposite Ja'Marr Chase in 2022.
Feb 13, 2022 7:55 PM EST
Higgins recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 103 yards in Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Analysis: Higgins led the team in targets and yards. Though he didn't find the end zone, he contributed several big plays, highlighted by a 44-yard reception early in the third quarter. Higgins was also instrumental in Cincinnati's touchdown just before halftime, when he recorded an eight-yard reception to convert a third down and another 18-yard catch one play later. After managing only one reception for 10 yards in the team's wild-card round win over Las Vegas, Higgins has posted 96 and 103 receiving yards in the subsequent two playoff games.
Jan 30, 2022 4:05 PM EST
Higgins recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 96 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans.
Analysis: Higgins bounced back from a poor performance in the wild-card round to lead the team with nine targets. He was out-gained by Ja'Marr Chase but still managed five receptions that went for double-digit gains -- the longest of which was for 22 yards. Higgins now has at least one one catch that has gone for 20 or more yards in six of last eight games as the Bengals head into the AFC Championship Game.
Jan 22, 2022 7:00 PM EST
Higgins had only one catch for 10 yards on four targets in Saturday's win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Teammates Ja'Marr Chase and C.J. Uzomah did most of the Bengals' damage in the win. That's the one drag on Higgins' value - the Bengals have multiple options in the passing game, so he's not guaranteed a heavy volume each week.
Jan 16, 2022 10:26 PM EST
Higgins (foot) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Saturday's playoff game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Though the wideout was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, coach Zac Taylor downplayed Higgins' foot issue, confirming that the 2020 second-rounder is slated to play this weekend, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. Higgins was among the key players rested by the Bengals in Week 18, but he's poised to suit up Saturday alongside fellow WRs Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd and should see his share of targets from QB Joe Burrow in the team's wild-card matchup at home versus Las Vegas.
Jan 13, 2022 12:59 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor relayed Thursday that Higgins (foot) is line to play in Saturday's playoff opener against the Raiders, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Higgins popped up on the team's injury report Wednesday, when he was listed as a limited practice participant due to a foot issue. However, Taylor subsequently clarified that the wideout maybe "took one or two less reps than normal," per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. The team's upcoming injury report will reveal whether Higgins heads into the weekend with an official injury designation or fully cleared to play Saturday.
Jan 13, 2022 9:24 AM EST
Higgins was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Higgins practiced fully Tuesday, so it's unclear if his Wednesday limitations are indicative of a minor foot issue he's managing or an in-practice setback. For his part, Ben Baby of ESPN.com noted that Higgins looked okay during the media-access portion of the session, but either way, Thursday's final practice/injury report should add a degree of clarity with regard to the wideout's status ahead of Saturday's playoff opener against the Raiders.
Jan 12, 2022 1:52 PM EST
Higgins (coach's decision) is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Cincinnati doesn't have much at stake in terms of playoff positioning in the regular-season finale, so Higgins will be one of several key contributors who will sit out or get rest Week 18. Meanwhile, star rookie Ja'Marr Chase is active, but the Bengals may just be looking to have him establish the single-season franchise receiving record -- he enters Sunday's game 12 yards short of the mark -- before having him sit the remainder of the contest. According to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, Mike Thomas is the most likely candidate to enter the starting lineup in place of Higgins, who finishes the regular season with 74 catches for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns over 14 appearances.
Jan 9, 2022 8:38 AM EST
Higgins caught three of five targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: After racking up 194 yards and two touchdowns last week, Higgins took a back seat to Ja'Marr Chase, who one-upped him with 266 yards and three touchdowns in this one. Quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown for 971 yards in the past two games, and Higgins should continue to play a prominent role in the high-powered Cincinnati passing attack in Week 18 against the Browns.
Jan 2, 2022 2:40 PM EST
Higgins caught 12 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets against Baltimore on Sunday.
Analysis: The Ravens are badly beaten up on defense, most notably playing without their two top corners, but a game as big as this one is still a testament to Higgins' compelling talent, and a reminder that he and fellow wideout Ja'Marr Chase are more of a 1A/1B situation than one with a clear superior. Quarterback Joe Burrow took whatever he wanted against the Ravens, throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns, and Higgins was his lead target by a good margin. Higgins and the Bengals face the Chiefs in Week 17.
Dec 26, 2021 1:29 PM EST
Higgins recorded two receptions on three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over Denver.
Analysis: Higgins entered Sunday's game having earned at least seven targets in each of his last three games. However, offensive volume was virtually nonexistent for all Cincinnati skill-position players against Denver, as Joe Burrow took to the air only 22 times. Despite limited opportunities, Higgins still managed to display some big-play ability by ripping off a 17-yard gain early in the first quarter. He should also be in position for a bounceback effort heading into a Week 16 matchup against a depleted Baltimore secondary.
Dec 19, 2021 8:23 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday.
Analysis: As did QB Joe Burrow (finger), which sets the stage for the duo to suit up Sunday against the Broncos. Over his last three games, Higgins has logged a fantasy-friendly 20-366-2 stat line on 29 targets in that span.
Dec 16, 2021 3:49 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Higgins was limited last Thursday and Friday as well before heading into Week 14 action listed as questionable. He ended up active for Sunday's loss to the 49ers, en route to playing 50 (of a possible 67) snaps on offense, en route to topping the 100-yard receiving mark for the third straight contest. With no reported setbacks, it's likely that Higgins' limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related.
Dec 15, 2021 3:33 PM EST
Higgins caught five of seven targets for 114 yards in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: He led the Bengals in receiving yards while tying Ja'Marr Chase in catches, but it was Chase who was on the other end of both of Joe Burrow's TD passes. Higgins has reached triple digits in three straight games, posting a massive 20-366-2 line on 29 targets over that stretch, but he could have trouble making it four straight in a Week 15 clash with the Broncos.
Dec 12, 2021 8:18 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: As is running back Joe Mixon (illness), which sets the stage for the Bengals to have their core skill players available for Week 14 action. Over his last two outings, Higgins has combined for a fantasy-friendly 15 catches on 22 targets for 252 yards and two TDs.
Dec 12, 2021 12:03 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The same applies to running back ﻿Joe Mixon﻿ (illness) and with QB Joe Burrow (finger/knee) already cleared to play, it looks like the Bengals will have their core skill players available for Week 14 action. Official confirmation of Higgins' status is slated to arrive when the team's inactives are posted prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.
Dec 12, 2021 4:29 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Analysis: Higgins managed a pair of limited showings in practice this week as he tends to an ankle injury. There's an expectation from coach Zac Taylor that he'll be available this weekend, which will be confirmed about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Higgins is coming off back-to-back 100-yard, one-touchdown performances, and he'll look to continue that momentum, if active, versus a San Francisco defense that has allowed 8.1 yards per target and 11 TDs to wide receivers in 12 contests this season.
Dec 10, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After missing Wednesday's session, Higgins' return to the field Thursday has him trending in the right direction in advance of Sunday's game against the 49ers. That said, the wideout will probably need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid carrying an official injury designation into the weekend.
Dec 9, 2021 3:22 PM EST
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