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Ja’Marr Chase injury update: Bengals star a true game-time decision for Week 12 vs. Titans, per report

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Star Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase‘s potential return to the lineup will be a game-time decision in Week 12. 

Chase practiced throughout the week with the goal of being ready to play, according to ESPN, but his status is “up in the air” as of Saturday morning as the Bengals want to work him out either on Saturday or during pregame before making the call of whether to risk bringing him back now or waiting another week. Chase has been sidelined since suffering a hip injury during the Bengals’ Week 7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons — a game in which he nonetheless caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. 

Chase was not placed on injured reserve despite the serious injury, as the Bengals wanted to allow him space to return in a shorter timespan, if possible, despite initial projections pegging his return some time around six weeks or so from the injury. 

In Chase’s absence, Tee Higgins has assumed the role of the Bengals’ unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver, and he’s responded with 19 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown across Cincinnati’s three games. Tyler Boyd has seen an increase in workload as well, while Trenton Irwin usurped Mike Thomas as the No. 3 wideout. 

The Bengals are going to be pretty shorthanded against Tennessee. Joe Mixon will miss the game after he did not clear the concussion protocol during the week. Samaje Perine will take Mixon’s place in the lineup, while Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams figure to mix in as well. Tennessee has one of the NFL‘s best run defenses and the Bengals have been trending pass-heavy of late, so that figures to be the case on Sunday despite the absence of Chase. 

That means Joe Burrow, Higgins, Boyd, Hayden Hurst and Co. will have to carry much of the burden of moving the ball and putting points on the board. 

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