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Trey Hendrickson cleared of concussion for Divisional Round game vs. Titans

We break down the news that Hendrickson is back at practice and what it means for the Divisional Round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) holds up his finger after a defensive stop with 4 seconds left in the second half the NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Empower Field in Denver, Co. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Denver Broncos 15-10. Cincinnati Bengals At Denver Broncos 417 Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Thursday update: Hendrickson has been cleared of his concussion and will play in the Divisional round, per Ben Baby. This is great news for the Bengals defense.

Wednesday update: Hendrickson was upgraded to full on Wednesday, which suggests he is just about out of the concussion protocol. He will have to remain asymptomatic leading up to kickoff on Saturday, but this progress from limited on Tuesday to full on Wednesday is a good sign.

The Cincinnati Bengals snapped a long playoff drought on Super Wild Card weekend when they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 at Paul Brown Stadium. That win earned the Bengals a divisional round matchup with the Tennessee Titans. Cincinnati will hope to have star defensive end Trey Hendrickson back for the contest as he is in concussion protocol. Hendrickson did practice Tuesday, so there’s a good chance he will be at least a game-time call Saturday.

Fantasy football implications

Hendrickson was a big signing for Cincinnati in the offseason and has largely delivered, putting up 14.0 sacks in the regular season. He had a sack and forced fumble against the Raiders and is one of the few game-changing talents on Cincinnati’s defense. The Bengals will need him if they want to have a chance to slow down Ryan Tannehill and Tennessee’s offense. The Bengals defense doesn’t have much value in playoff fantasy football but Hendrickson could make them a good value play in DFS contests.