The Cincinnati Bengals lost offensive guard Nate Livings to the Dallas Cowboys during free agency, responding by signing veteran Travelle Wharton from the Carolina Panthers to a three-year deal worth $10 million, with $4 million dished out during the first year; he was the team's first free agent signing this year.
Not a few ticks into Cincinnati's preseason opener against the New York Jets, Wharton was carted off the field after suffering a season-ending ACL tear.
Wharton has since had surgery and recently returned to Cincinnati to work on his rehabilitation, according to Kevin Kelly with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"The surgery went well. Everything’s been good," he said. "Now I’m here grinding it out with the training staff and getting it better"
Ironically his injury turned somewhat into a blessing, allowing second-year guard Clint Boling to fill the void. And all Boling has done is impress our socks off with an impressive first half showing. Pro Football Focus grades Boling as the league's fifth best left guard and tenth overall; third-best guard in the league during pass protection.