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Zac Taylor: Ja’Marr Chase questionable for Week 13 vs. Chiefs

The Bengals wideout has been sidelined due to a hip injury. We break down the impact of his potential return for Cincy.

Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Chase is officially listed as questionable for the game on Sunday. He is still expected to play, but we won’t get the official word until Sunday afternoon.

Friday update: Head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Friday that Chase is on track to play, per Jay Morrison. At this point it would be a major upset if he doesn’t end up playing.

Thursday PM Update: Chase was listed as a limited practice participant on both Wednesday and Thursday. The plan is still for Chase to play this weekend, but a full participation on Friday would go a long way to confirm that.

Wednesday update: Chase told reporters on Wednesday that he is “expecting to take some reps” against the Chiefs, per Marisa Contipelli. He could be eased back on a snap count, but he does appear ready to return.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase is expected to return to the lineup in Week 13 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Chase has been sidelined due to a hip injury and was inactive for the team’s 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 12 on Sunday. We’re going to break down the impact of Chase’s return for the Bengals this late in the season.

Fantasy football implications for Week 13

Chase’s return will have a ton of fantasy football impact. If you’ve got him coming back, that’s a welcome sign. He should get practices in this week and be a full go for Sunday. This will have an impact on targets/snaps for Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. Boyd should take the back seat in the depth chart with Chase and Higgins starting and seeing most of the looks. Boyd was held to two catches against the Titans. Higgins went off for 114 yards and a TD.

Higgins should actually benefit from Chase’s return. If Chase is Chase, he should see more double coverage. Joe Burrow gets his friend and favorite target back as well. The Bengals are 7-4 and are starting to peak at the right time. Cincy also has a brutal schedule down the stretch with tough games against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens after the Chiefs matchup.