The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. writes the situation between the Bengals and DE Carlos Dunlap has become too toxic to continue and Cincinnati should trade or release the veteran.
Dunlap posted a picture of the depth chart this weekend after his demotion, was seen screaming at a coach on the sideline Sunday and had to be held back by teammates, and posted a picture of his house after the game saying it was for sale.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said Dunlap should know better than to take his grievances public like he has been: “He’s a vet. He knows what he should and should not do at the end of the day. Regardless of what situation he’s in, we’re a team.”
Bengals LT Jonah Williams might miss this week’s game with a neck injury that caused him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Browns. But the team is optimistic he could return after the bye week. (Ian Rapoport)
Offensive line reinforcements could be on the way as the Bengals are set to host G Quinton Spain for a visit. But HC Zac Taylor didn’t know if Spain would help this week: “We’ll see where the week goes with Quinton.” (Baby)
While Dunlap has not taken his reduced role well, Bengals DC Lou Anarumo says communication with DT Geno Atkins over his snap count has been good: “He is on the same page with us in terms of his playing time.” (Baby)
According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Browns WR Odell Beckham has $12.971 million of his 2021 salary guaranteed for injury and it converts to fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year.
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski says replacing Beckham will be a committee effort: “You never replace a player of Odell’s caliber with one guy. .. It’s going to take multiple players.” (Kimberley Martin)
Stefanski notes Browns RB Nick Chubb won’t return this week but he could potentially make it back after the team’s bye for Week 10: “I know he’s on schedule and I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s ahead of schedule.” (Andrew Siciliano)
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes the level of investment the Ravens made in trading for DE Yannick Ngakoue suggests they plan to try and extend him this offseason.
It also isn’t a good sign for Baltimore’s ability to re-sign OLB Matt Judon, though Zrebiec notes it looked like the Ravens were letting him play out this season and potentially test free agency anyway.
Zrebiec adds Ravens OLB Tyus Bowser is also possibly playing himself out of Baltimore and into a higher offer in free agency.
Zrebiec notes the Ravens have kept in contact with CB Brandon Carr and he’s available if they need more help in the secondary.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh said that while RB Mark Ingram‘s ankle injury isn’t serious, it could be enough to keep him out of this week’s game against the Steelers: “We’ll see. It’s just a matter of how he feels as the week goes on.” (Jamison Hensley)
Harbaugh didn’t want to discuss WR Dez Bryant until after the Ravens finished their workout with him: “If we sign him, we’ll make that announcement when it happens and we’ll go from there.” (Hensley)