Clint Boling knee injury could be serious

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Boling suffered a first quarter injury and the early indicator is that it doesn't sound good.

The Cincinnati Bengals may have lost starting left guard Clint Boling for the year.

With 3:56 remaining in the first quarter, Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained four yards over the middle, picking up a first down to Cincinnati's 46-yard. When the play was over, Clint Boling laid on the turf during BenJarvus Green-Ellis' run and was helped off the field after an injury timeout. The team announced that Boling had suffered an injury to the right knee and was questionable to return, but he never did.

After the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis vaguely hinted that the injury might be serious.

It's usually difficult to determine the status of someone's injury immediately after the game, but the concern for a knee and Lewis' postgame appearance wasn't encouraging.

As a result of the first quarter loss, the team had to reconfigure the offensive line. Andre Smith, who was actually not participating on the drive, came in at right tackle, moving Anthony Collins to left tackle and sliding Andrew Whitworth to left guard. Mike Pollak remained at right guard, who had replaced the injured Kevin Zeitler.

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