For the second time in as many weeks, Cincinnati won a game applying a full-team effort; from the defense holding the Lions inside one minute remaining in regulation, to the offense putting Mike Nugent into position to convert the game-winning 54-yard field goal.
But it wasn't without its price.
By our count, seven Bengals players went down on Sunday. Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson and Reggie Nelson each sustained injuries, but returned later in the game. Wide receiver Marvin Jones jammed his shoulder during his third quarter touchdown, but returned after a momentary visit in the locker room -- even converting a third down reception later in the half.
However, four players left the game and didn't return.
Devon Still was carted off in the second quarter with an elbow, while Wallace Gilberry (knee) and Rey Maualuga (hamstring) came out of the game in the fourth quarter. It's currently unknown how serious their injuries are and how much time, if any, they'll miss.
The notable injury was Leon Hall's first quarter Achilles injury. While no official word or confirmed reports have surfaced about it being a season-ender, there's little doubt that that's the feeling coming out of the lockerroom on Sunday. Defending Calvin Johnson's corner route in the endzone, Hall trips on the field which caused the injury.
Per Coley Harvey with ESPN:
Bengals cornerback Terence Newman said he and Nelson nearly cried on the sideline when they learned fellow corner Leon Hall suffered his second Achilles injury in three years. Lewis called the injury "significant."
Obviously we'll hear more about everyone's injuries in the coming days and we'll have them for you.