The Bengals' first preseason game against the New York Jets was a success, for the most part. The Bengals defense held the Jets to only 173 yards of total offense and only 6 points. Special teams accounted for a blocked punt and a touchdown. The Bengals won the turnover ratio by a landslide. We saw flashes of what this season's offense could be, with the BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the No. 2 receivers all stepping up. Lastly, Vontaze Burfict intercepted Tim Tebow.
It was an all around success that left the Jets, the American media darlings, with very few positives to talk about.
The big hitch in the win, was the four injuries suffered to Bengals' starters in the first twenty minutes of the game. Talk about buzzkill.
The injuries suffered last week were very different in terms of severity, and some players will miss a lot more time than others.
+ Bengals Offense
Left Guard Travelle Wharton: Out for the season with a right knee injury, as many already knew. 2011 fourth round pick Clint Boling, who looked good in the first preseason game, will take his place as the starter.
Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Out for the Atlanta game with a sore foot. Probable for the start of the regular season. This injury presents a great opportunity for backups Cedric Peerman, Aaron Brown, Dan Herron, Jourdan Brooks, and even third down specialist Brian Leonard to make their case for a roster spot or an expanded role on the team.
Running Back Bernard Scott: Out for the Atlanta game. Scott injured his hand during training camp last week, and his return status is unknown. His right arm has been seen in a sling and soft cast. Another reason the backups will get to show their stuff.
Wide Receiver Ryan Whalen: Dealing with a hamstring pull. Whalen has not rejoined practice, but he was seen rehabbing on Monday, doing cone agility drills, jumping (picture) and sprinting. No announcement has been made but it's unlikely he'll play in Atlanta.
+ Bengals Defense
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick: Will not play in the Atlanta game, and his return for the start of the regular season is questionable. Dealing with a knee issue, reported as Osgood-Schlatter syndrome. Like Whalen and others, Kirkpatrick, has been rehabbing on the third field at training camp, doing jumping and agility drills.
Cornerback Shaun Prater: Possibly out for the year with a knee injury, though the team has not announced it. An NFL.com report said that Prater would be done for the year.
Cornerback Brandon Ghee: Out for an extended period of time with a wrist injury. He has a hard black cast around his left wrist. He was seen doing rehabilitation on the third field at training camp as well, wearing a weighted vest and doing agility and leg drills.
Cornerback Adam Jones: Has been day-to-day in camp, with what has been reported as either a calf issue or a hamstring pull. Whatever it is, it's minor. Jones missed Tuesday's practice, but said he is preparing to make the trip to Atlanta "until I hear differently", according to The Enquirer's Joe Reedy.
Corrnerback Jason Allen: Also has been day-today in camp with a mystery injury According to Bengals.com's Goeff Hobson, Allen will miss the Atlanta game due to "muscle pulls".
Safety Taylor Mays: Gave himself a concussion when he launched himself at a receiver in the Jets game. He missed Sunday's practice, but practiced fully on Monday and Tuesday. Probable for the Falcons game.
Safety/Cornerback Tony Dye: Dye played well in the Jets game with five tackles, but has missed every practice this week with a foot injury.
(Middle) Linebacker Rey Maualuga: Sprained his right knee during the Jets game. Has not been cleared to practice yet, though he was seen doing the ladder agility drills anyway, and walking comfortably. He is out for the Falcons game, though he will return soon. A good opportunity for backup middle linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Roddrick Muckelroy to step up.
(Weakside) Linebacker Thomas Howard: Missed Tuesday's practice with an illnees. Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports that "indications were he was just getting a rest".
(Left) Defensive End Carlos Dunlap: Also sprained his right knee during the Jets game, though far more serious than Maualuga's. Dunlap is out for the preseason and doubtful for the regular season opener against Baltimore.
(Left) Defensive End Robert Geathers: Had knee surgery and is out for an extended period of time. May miss the entire preseason. With both Dunlap and Geathers out, this is a great opportunity for free agent signing Jamaal Anderson to get extensive work with the first team, while linebacker Dontay Moch, defensive end Micah Johnson, and even defensive tackle Devon Still will take the backup snaps at the left end spot as well.
(Right) Defensive End DeQuin Evans: Missed Tuesday's practice with an unknown injury.
Defensive Tackle Brandon Thompson: Missed Tuesday's practice with an unknown injury.
Defensive Tackle Pat Sims: The only player yet to be activated off the Active/Physically Unable To Perform List. Sims has been rehabbing from an ankle injury. On the third field at camp, Sims has been seen running, going through mock snaps as a defensive tackle, and even sitting on a gatorade cooler. WIll probably return soon.