NFL training camp is almost here, but will Clint Boling be ready for it?
The Bengals guard tore his ACL in Week 13 last year, and he's been rehabbing furiously this offseason in hopes of being ready for the start of camp. After starting 28 straight games at left guard, he may have to battle Mike Pollak for that spot now, depending on if Pollak starts at center or gives way to rookie 4th-rounder Russell Bodine.
Per Geoff Hobson, Boling could possibly be ready for the first day of camp.
But Boling just may be out there on that first day at left guard after a seamless offseason with Bengals rehab guru Nick Cosgray. During the first week of June Boling predicted, "I definitely think I’ll be ready for the regular season. I really think I can go the first day of camp, but if not it won’t be too long after that. It went really well. We just never had a setback, we got the range of motion back early, and there was never much swelling."
Boling, entering the final year of his contract, needs to get back on the field and reclaim his starting left guard spot. Scheduled to make $1.5 million this year, Boling's next NFL contract is going to be determined heavily by how he performs this year.
His first 2.5 years were promising enough that he would have gotten a nice deal that paid him starter's money, but the torn ACL will have teams, including the Bengals, leery of signing him to a long-term deal.