ESPN: Travelle Wharton Out For The Year With A Season-Ending Knee Injury

Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Travelle Wharton (70) is tended to on the field by trainers in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

At one point it was feared by most that Travelle Wharton suffered a season-ending knee injury. Bengals head coach speculated that it appears to be a season-ending knee injury. Now ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton is confirming that Wharton's season is over.

According to a source, Wharton suffered a season-ending knee injury during Friday night's preseason-opening 17-6 victory against the New York Jets.

Clint Boling played most of Wharton's snaps on first-team, however there's a good chance that Boling and Otis Hudson could take part of an accelerated battle to see who wins the job as starting left guard. Or the team could look to free agency for a veteran guard after final cuts and the pool of available free agents dramatically increases -- though we suspect that the Bengals will sign a guard at some point during the preseason.

Geoff Hobson with the Mothership notes that Boling's contributions were significant during Cincinnati's 17-6 win over the New York Jets.

But when second-year man Clint Boling checked into the game, the Bengals were able to drive it. It reflects what the coaches had been saying all camp. Boling, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia, came back this season stronger and more flexible and while Wharton got off to a slow start in making the adjustment from Carolina, Boling is having one of the line's best camps.

Wharton signed a three-year deal during the offseason.

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