BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

The Bengals have released Green-Ellis (hip), the team's official site reports.

The move was largely predictable, after the Bengals drafted fellow running back Jeremy Hill in May's NFL draft. Green-Ellis, who has been dealing with hip pointer, figures to catch on elsewhere assuming his health and depending on where he lands, it's conceivable that he can reclaim some fantasy utility in deeper formats, especially in the event that he finds himself in his new team's short-yardage mix.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

Green-Ellis (hip) did not play in Sunday's preseason game at Arizona.

Cincinnati is high on power rookie Jeremy Hill, who had 12 carries for 48 yards Sunday. If Green-Ellis' hip injury continues to linger, it might give the Bengals incentive to cut him. That hasn't been discussed much though, so it's purely speculation at this point. Whether Green-Ellis makes the roster or not is somewhat irrelevant, as his role appears to be severely diminished.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

Green-Ellis missed practice Friday with a hip issue, the Bengals' official site reports.

At this stage, there is nothing to suggest that Green-Ellis' hip injury is a major concern, but it is something that clouds his availability for Sunday's preseason contest against the Cardinals.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

Green-Ellis (unspecified issue) did not practice Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

At this stage, Green-Ellis' status for Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals is uncertain, but if he is forced to sit out the contest, Jeremy Hill figures to see added work behind starter Giovani Bernard, with Cedric Peerman and James Wilder representing the team's other current healthy backfield options.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

Though he worked ahead of Jeremy Hill (shoulder) in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets, Green-Ellis finished his night with just three yards on one carry.

Hill served as the No. 2 running back in Cincy's preseason opener, but Green-Ellis was first into the game after Giovani Benard on Saturday. Hill, who left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, seems to have had all the momentum until Saturday, even though Green-Ellis is listed second on the depth chart. While the situation remains worth watching, Hill is the better bet if you're on the clock right now.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 2 Months

Green-Ellis gained 19 yards on four carries in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs.

Hype is building around second-round rookie Jeremy Hill, who entered Thursday's game before Green-Ellis, and then gained 36 yards on six carries. While it probably isn't fair to bury the Law Firm entirely, he's seemingly No. 2 on the depth chart in name only.

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Green-Ellis is officially listed as the Bengals' #2 running back on their initial depth chart heading into their first preseason game.

This might be more of a nod towards veteran priority than a reflection of the Bengals' in-season intentions. This sort of news, at this time of training camp, won't move the needle in our rankings or projections.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 3 Months

Profootballtalk.com suggests a trade market could emerge for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

We're skeptical because Green-Ellis is a 29-year-old two-down running back with a $2.3 million base salary, but perhaps the Bengals would try to trade him before cutting him. The 49ers, Colts, and Panthers have all already lost tailbacks to year-ending injuries, while Seattle is shorthanded due to Marshawn Lynch's holdout. Green-Ellis shouldn't cost more than a seventh-round pick.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 3 Months

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes BenJarvus Green-Ellis will battle Rex Burkhead for one roster spot.

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Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson agrees that BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot is in danger.

Jeremy Hill was promoted into the No. 2 back role on his first day of practice. Hobson suspects Cincy will keep no more than four backs, so Green-Ellis would have to beat out Cedric Peerman and/or Rex Burkhead, who both have more special teams value than BJGE, and cost much less. Hobson ultimately expects the Bengals to hang onto Burkhead because he's five years younger than BJGE.