The Cincinnati Bengals left the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday just a little more bruised and battered as they went in. They even lost some of their lack of depth as the game wore on.
Vontaze Burfict, who had just come off of a shoulder issue, was sat after a few plays with a hamstring issue. Although it doesn’t look serious, two injuries in two games could be cause for concern about Burfict’s overall health. Devon Still also went down with a hamstring injury and is expected to also be available come week one.
James Wright was carted off the field late in the game after being hit in the head and then hitting the field hard, on an attempt in the end zone. He was a receiver that has been on the bubble and fighting for a remaining roster spot.
Just before Wright went down a few plays earlier, Trey Hopkins required assistance off the field when he was rolled up on and twisted around. As he was helped onto the cart, you could tell he wasn’t moving his right leg. ESPN’s Coley Harvey reported that it was in a boot already after the game.
Finally, Cedric Peerman appeared to be horse collared to the ground and required medical attention on his leg. Luckily for Peerman, he walked off under his own power, which is good news for the Bengals, who had been fighting threw a number of injuries.
The Bengals must make some cuts down to 75 this week and it will be interesting to see how much injuries and recent health issues play into their decisions. They will have to be careful in their final preseason game against the Colts in Cincinnati. Injuries to this team could hurt this team heading into week 1 against the Ravens.