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Report: Bengals WR Tee Higgins not expected to play in Week 3 vs Steelers

We break down the news that Bengals WR Tee Higgins is unlikely to suit up in Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh.

Tee Higgins #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Sunday update — Higgins is not expected to play in Week 3 vs. the Steelers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Higgins was being considered doubtful will an outside shot of playing, but it looks like he won’t give it a go.

Friday PM update: The Bengals are going to give Tee Higgins every chance they can for him to play on Sunday. He’s probably closer to questionable than doubtful, but it would still be tough to start him in fantasy this week.

Friday update: Head coach Zac Taylor told reporters that Tee Higgins is doubtful for their matchup with the Steelers on Sunday, per ESPN’s Ben Baby. Upgrade Tyler Boyd and Ja’marr Chase in fantasy.

Thursday update — Higgins was absent from practice for a second straight day on Thursday due to a shoulder injury. This is bad news for Higgins’ prospects of playing on Sunday vs. the Steelers. He’ll have to at least get on the practice field on Friday and is likely to be questionable.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach says that wide receiver Tee Higgins won’t practice on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day, per The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. This is the first we’ve heard of an injury, but missing practice entirely is a concern for his Week 3 status when they play the Steelers.

Fantasy football implications

If Higgins were to miss this game, it would be a boost to Tyler Boyd and Ja’marr Chase, as Higgins has been the No. 1 receiver as far as usage goes through two games. Last week he caught 6-of-10 targets for 60 yards and caught his second touchdown of the season.

The Steelers pass defense is their weakness, especially in comparison to their stout run defense. The Bengals would likely be smart to test the Steelers defensive backfield instead of the defensive line.

At this point, Higgins is probably leaning more toward the side of playing than not, but his status is very much worth keeping an eye on this week for fantasy.