The Cincinnati Bengals are seemingly being overwhelmed by injuries this preseason, but is it something that is concerning?
In the latest saga of Bengals injuries, Jake Fisher was carted from the field and Brandon LaFell was scratched from the Bengals lineup with a tendon issue in his hand. Are the Bengals injuries seemingly mounting, or is it something to keep an eye on but not hit the panic button yet. The Bengals injuries have now jumped from Tyler Eifert and William Jackson III to Andrew Billings, Cedric Ogbuehi, Tyler Kroft, Brandon LaFell and Jake Fisher.
The injuries to all of these starters and key players are concerning. If you add in the Bengals already having to deal with the suspension of Vontaze Burfict. The could be missing seven of their 22 potential starters, almost 1/3 of their top core.
However the Bengals are called the deepest team in the NFL for a reason. Even if Tyler Kroft and Tyler Eifert miss week one, Ryan Hewitt and C.J. Uzomah would be right behind them. Brandon LaFell could be a loss, if not for Cody Core and Tyler Boyd being standouts early on this preseason. William Jackson III could be a huge loss if they didn’t have Dre Kirkpatrick, Adam Jones, and Darqueze Dennard.
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Bengals fans must not hit the panic button just yet. In fact, the depth is the reason why they have been in the last five NFL Playoffs. Two years ago, the Bengals didn’t have Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones. The also didn’t have a fully healthy Geno Atkins, who was coming off an ACL tear three seasons ago. Last Season, Dalton got injured with really five game left and A.J. McCarron stepped up and led this team within one minute of a playoff win.
Bengals’ Fans, don’t hit the panic button. The Bengals are still just fine and continue to be ready to go in week one. This team is still a week one threat and a favorite to defend their AFC North crown.