First, News came out about William Jackson III, then Tyler Kroft went down, but don’t go hitting the panic button before the season begins.
Sources inside the Bengals organization told Coley Harvey of ESPN.com the Bengals could be missing their first round pick, William Jackson III, to a torn pec muscle. Then Tyler Kroft was reportedly carted off the field with an unknown knee injury. The Bengals got hit with the injury bug early, but they have options and could bounce back without delay.
William Jackson’s news was not the most harmful. First, because they have Darqueze Dennard, who had a slight ankle discomfort that kept him out the past couple days, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkpatrick still in front of him. Next, because the Bengals were able to bring back Corey Tindal, according to Coley Harvey , they have a little more depth available.
When the news dropped about Tyler Kroft’s knee injury, it put some Bengals in a little bit more of a concerning spot. Eifert is already down and could miss the season opener, and a knee injury is never a good sign. However, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com tweeted the best news of yesterday.
The news of Kroft’s knee not being too serious could mean he is ready to go by Week 1. It is a wait-and-see injury until we get more information.
The Bengals secondary took another unknown hit with Shawn Williams leaving practice early yesterday.
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So yes, the Bengals are getting their bruises and injuries out of the way early this season. They have been deemed one of the deepest teams in football for a reason. Not to mention, a couple of these injuries have seemed minor, which means they could be back before their the next preseason game at the earliest.
However, the injuries to William Jackson III and Darqueze Dennard—if his ankle needs time to heal—could set the stage for another need for depth behind Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones. They made one signing already with the return of Corey Tindal, who was cut before training camp. Leon Hall is also still a free agent and could potentially be back on the Bengals radar.