Breaking down the latest on Ja'Marr Chase's injury going forward

Chase injured his back during Sunday night's win vs. Buffalo
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All isn't perfect despite the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Buffalo Bills to move to 5-3 on the year. Ja'Marr Chase was injured during the win and sounded concerned when discussing the injury with the media on Monday afternoon.

Paul Dehner posted on X that Chase seemed concerned about the injury and said it'd be something to monitor moving forward.

Chase didn't specify when he injured his back but there was a play where he hit the ground hard. That doesn't necessarily mean that's when it happened but it wouldn't have helped his back even if he had hurt it earlier. Chase said that his back was sore on Monday and it was worse as the game continued.

What does Ja'Marr Chase's injury mean for Bengals offense?

Truthfully, the Bengals offense should be okay with Chase for a few games. He missed four games in 2022 and the Bengals went 3-1 during that time. They have plenty of weapons who can step in for him should he need to miss a few weeks.

Now, if Chase has to miss an extended period of time, that's when things could get dicey. Chase is Joe Burrow's go-to guy and if he's not available in those big games at the end of the season (or in the playoffs) then the Bengals offense won't be the same threat.

For now, however, Chase's absence means that Burrow will have to rely more on Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and the tight ends.

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