UPDATE 3:30 PM
Bengals LB Emanuel Lamur expected to be done for the season with a shoulder injury.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 30, 2013
Bengals lost Emmanuel Lemur for the season with a knee injury, a source said — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 30, 2013
Sorry, its a shoulder for Lemur, not a knee. out for the season I’m told — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 30, 2013
This is a very tough loss. Lamur contributed with 136 snaps on defense last year after not getting called up from the practice squad until week 9. He’s fast enough to cover receivers, but needed to bulk up to become more capable of consistently bringing down ball-carriers. He missed several tackles last night, but the Bengals were already planning on using him primarily in passing situations.
He was essentially the starting SAM backer when the Bengals would use a nickle defense, which is the base defense Mike Zimmer likes to use with this group of players. So basically, the Bengals just lost a starting linebacker for the second year in a row before they can even make it to Week 2.
They’ve lost Keith Rivers and Thomas Howard in consecutive years after they were projected to start the entire season at LB, and now they’re without Lamur.
The Cincinnati Bengals may have lost their best coverage linebacker last night when Emmanuel Lamur dislocated his shoulder and had it pop back into place. While it sounds like a minor injury, the dislocation can actually cause enough damage to the surrounding muscles that the player ends up missing a significant time, and Geoff Hobson said that’s what the Bengals fear right now:
The worst fear is their best cover linebacker is lost for the year with what head coach Marvin Lewis indicated was a shoulder dislocation when he said it popped out and then back in.
But in the football world, a dislocated shoulder isn’t cut and dried and it may take a while to determine if he has to sit out the year or can play with it at some point. In the past, players have played with shoulder dislocations, but not after sitting out about a month.
His injury could lead to rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche securing a roster spot after he entered this week firmly on the bubble, but even he admits it’s a significant loss:
E-Man can play any position and he’s so smart. It’s a big loss.
Fellow rookie LB J.K. Schaffer admitted just as much:
I hope he’s all right. He’s an outstanding person and outstanding player and his team needs him. I’ll be praying for Emmanuel. He’s one of my favorite people in the world. I hope he’s all right.