Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Four days into camp the Cincinnati Bengals have their first season-ending injury. TE Reggie Kelly went down today with an Achilles injury.
This follows a foot injury to CB David Jones that reportedly requires a second opinion, making me think Jones may be facing surgery, as well as a hamstring injury to backup WILL LB Brandon Johnson. Johnson, at least, seems likely to return by the start of the season.
The injury to Jones was serious enough that the Bengals snatched CB Jamar Fletcher off the street, though former Bengal John Thornton believes S Chris Crocker could be pressed into a nickel CB role.
As Nate noted earlier, the Kelly injury completely scrambles the picture at tight end. With heralded draft pick Chase Coffman still not fully recovered from a foot injury, it’s down to Ben Utecht, who couldn’t stay healthy last year, and sometimes TE, sometimes FB Daniel Coats.
And so the injury woes continue…sigh.