The most significant injury the Bengals suffered last night was to starting OLB Manny Lawson, who left late in the first half with a groin injury. Marvin Lewis classified it as a muscle pull, and the severity of it and how much time he will miss has yet to be determined. Lawson was in line to start at the SAM linebacker spot, as well as getting snaps at DE on passing downs. If he’s out for a significant amount of time, that increases the likelihood of players like Micah Johnson and DeQuin Evans making the roster, as the team is already hurting at DE with injuries to Robert Geathers and Carlos Dunlap.
Radio play-by-play caller Dave Lapham revealed on the pre-game show that safety Robert Sands has suffered some sort of pectoral injury, and it may even be a tear, and the Bengals are considering placing the former 5th-rounder out of West Virginia on the injured reserve list. Sands was already on the roster bubble, so this may actually be a saving grace in keeping him on the Bengals roster without him counting against the 53-man roster.
As for the Packets, DT Ryan Pickett had to come out of the game in the second quarter with a calf injury and did not return. TE Tom Crabtree left after taking a brutal hit to his shoulder from safety Taylor Mays in the first quarter and had to exit the game.