The Bengals will be getting a much-needed nine days of recovery before their next game in Pittsburgh that will likely decide who claims the sixth and final AFC wildcard spot. Several key starters suffered significant injuries during the teams 34-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last night.
The most significant injury came in the first-quarter when starting fullback Chris Pressley collapsed on the field while holding onto his knee. Though he walked off the field under his own power, he was quickly been ruled out for the rest of the game, a clear signal that his injury was significant, so don’t expect to see him play against the Steelers, and he may be done for the year with only two weeks of regular season football remaining.
Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth got dinged up in the fourth-quarter, and did not return to the game with what was diagnosed as an illness, but it was revealed during the postgame that Whit had suffered a concussion. With nine days of recovery, he should be able to pass all of the NFL-mandated concussion tests before the team heads to Pittsburgh.
Starting free safety Reggie Nelson suffered what appeared to be a shoulder sprain late in the fourth-quarter, and it didn’t look too serious.