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Hayden Hurst will play in AFC Championship game vs. Chiefs

Bengals TE pops up on injury report. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Hayden Hurst #88 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against Marcus Williams #32 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Paycor Stadium on January 08, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have been healthy at their offensive skill positions of late, but did have tight end Hayden Hurst added to the injury report on Thursday with a calf injury. He missed three games earlier in the season due to a calf injury, but it is unknown if this is the same calf. He was given a limited designation, so Friday’s injury news will be critical for his status.

Hurts has been solid as the Bengals starting tight end and stepped up last week against the Bills. Hurst caught 5-of-6 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in that game, adding a 4-of-6 day for 45 yards in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens. There’s no doubt that his game against the Bills was him stepping up, as he hadn’t topped 57 yards in a game all season and had just one touchdown during the regular season.

Hayden Hurst injury updates

Friday, Jan. 27 update — Hayden Hurst had a good practice and is cleared to play this Sunday against the Chiefs, per Ben Baby.

Friday, Jan. 27 update — Hayden Hurst was spotted at practice on Friday, per Ben Baby. This is a good sign that Hurst didn’t have a big setback on Thursday with his calf. He may be limited and end up questionable for the game, but it looks like he still has a good chance of playing.

Thursday, Jan. 26 update — Hayden Hurst popped up on the injury report Thursday with an calf injury and was limited, per Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy football advice

The Conference Round is full of strong tight ends for fantasy and DFS purposes, but Hurst should see his six targets and if he can find the end zone again, could be a value play this Sunday.

If he ends up sitting, Mitchell Wilcox has a little DFS value, but a lower floor overall.