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Hayden Hurst ruled out for Week 15 vs. Buccaneers

We break down the news that Hayden Hurst has a calf injury. What it means for Week 15 and beyond.

Hayden Hurst #88 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after his team’s 37-30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Hurst didn’t practice at all this week and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. This will be his second consecutive game missed and hopefully, he can at least return to practice next week.

Thursday update: Hayden Hurst has sat out the first two practices of the week. Given Zac Taylor’s doubtful comment, this is not a surprising development and it still seems unlikely he plays on Sunday against the Bucs.

The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and it looks like Joe Burrow will once again not have TE Hayden Hurst to throw to. Head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Wednesday that Hurst was doubtful for this week, per Andrew Gillis. Taylor said the exact same thing last week and Hurst was unable to play due to his calf injury.

With Hurst out, Mitchell Wilcox has taken over as the starting tight end, but hasn’t had a fantasy impact, even last week without Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins available for most of the game.

Fantasy football implications for Week 15

With Hurst likely out and Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd dealing with injuries, Ja’Marr Chase is the only healthy starting pass catcher at the moment. They could get Higgins and/or Boyd back, but we’ll need to keep an eye on the practice reports.