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Bengals 'hopeful' Ja'Marr Chase (hip) returns Week 12

The Cincinnati Bengals are "hopeful" wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (hip) will return in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans, reports Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

What It Means:

Fowler says there isn't a "definitive plan" as Chase continues to rehab, but Week 12 has been circled as a "potential relaunch" for the Bengals' star receiver. Chase hasn't played since Week 8 and it sounds like he will remain out for at least one more contest. Prior to the Bengals' Week 10 bye, Tee Higgins led the team with 8 targets (27.6%) while Tyler Boyd, Hayden Hurst, and Joe Mixon drew 5 targets each (17.2%).

numberFire's models project Higgins to lead the Bengals with 7.6 targets in Week 11 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Boyd is next at 6.9 targets, followed by Hurst (5.5) and Mixon (5.2). The Steelers have the No. 21 pass defense in our adjusted team metrics for the season.