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Ja’Marr Chase questionable ahead of Week 10 vs. Texans

We break down the news that Ja’Marr Chase is dealing with a back injury What it means for Week 10 and beyond.

Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs during a NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Paycor Stadium on November 05, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Jeff Dean/Getty Images

Friday PM update — Chase will be questionable on the injury report, per head coach Zac Taylor. Taylor said “we’ll see” about him playing, but it sure sounds like Chase plans on playing through the injury.

Friday update — Chase was back at practice on Friday, per Ben Baby. We’ll see if he can get a full practice and be cleared or if he’ll be questionable against the Texans. It sounds like he will end up playing either way though.

Tee Higgins is reportedly out this week with a hanstring injury. The last time Higgins was out, Chase put up a 15-192-3 line in Week 5 against the Cardinals.

Thursday PM update — Chase was listed as a limited participant on Thursday. He will have one more day of practice before an injury designation on Friday. It feels like Chase is at best trending toward being questionable heading into the weekend.

Thursday update — Chase has returned to practice Thursday, Mike Petraglia. This is a good sign for his chance to play this week, but we’ll see how much he can practice.

Wednesday update — Chase was expected to be limited in practice if he could do anything. It turns out that he wasn’t spotted at practice and is seemingly going to rest to begin the practice week.

The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Houston Texans in Week 10 of the NFL season. The offense could look a little different this week if they are missing top wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. He is dealing with a back injury and is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday, if he is even able to practice.

Fantasy football implications for Week 10

Chase is Cincinnati’s best wide receiver. He has 697 yards on 64 receptions with four touchdowns in eight games. Chase leads the team in all categories and would be very tough to replace if he is sidelined. The Bengals would then turn to a mix of Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Trenton Irwin trying to take up the slack. Cincy also rosters tight end Irv Smith Jr., but he hasn’t been able to adjust to his new team. Chase missing the game may force Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to throw closer to the line of scrimmage, benefitting Smith Jr. For now though, all eyes will be on Chase’s progress through practice this week.