Bengals Receiver Jordan Shipley Placed On IR With ACL Tear

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals is helped off the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With 9:20 left in the third quarter, Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley ran a drag route towards the right sidelines. As he hauled in the five-yard reception from rookie Andy Dalton, Shipley reached for his knee as he was tackled, showing signs of serious pain. The training staff assisted Shipley off the field, preventing him from putting any weight on his left leg. He was placed on a cart and sent off to the Bengals locker room. After the game Shipley was on crutches with his left knee in a brace.

For those of you hoping that the injuy wasn't serious, welcome to disappointment.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis announced during his Monday afternoon press conference that Shipley suffered a torn ACL and will be placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season with only four receptions for 14 yards receiving.

Andre Caldwell, who had been splitting snaps with Shipley, is expected to become the team's full time slot receiver. The move also opens a spot on the 53-man roster with some idle speculation that the Bengals could sign Andrew Hawkins off the team's practice squad; there's also a shot that the team could invite Quan Cosby back. Also consider that Ryan Whalen will likely find his way onto the team's active gameday roster as a fourth receiver.

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