4 players not named Joe Burrow the Bengals can’t afford to lose to injury

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1. Multiple offensive linemen

The Bengals wisely went to work on upgrading their offensive line for the 2022 season and they really didn’t have much of a choice. The o-line was a big reason why the team didn’t win the Super Bowl, as Joe Burrow was sacked seven times in the big game.

This offseason, Cincinnati signed La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras to play right tackle, right guard, and center respectively. Jonah Williams will continue to man the left tackle spot and Jackson Carman is the frontrunner to win the left guard job.

If the Bengals want to get to the Super Bowl again this year, Burrow has to stay healthy and the easiest way to ensure that happens is for the unit in front of him to stay healthy. If multiple offensive linemen go down forcing reserves who aren’t ready to step into the limelight and protect Burrow, things could go downhill pretty quickly.

Losing even just one of the starting offensive linemen would be a huge blow for the offense, but losing two or more would be a nightmare for this team.

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Here’s to hoping the good injury luck repeats itself for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022.