For the Bengals to be sitting atop the AFC North and in the No.3 seed with a 9-4 record this year has to be recognized as quite an accomplishment. Aside from the fact that the team is looking to make an unprecedented third-straight postseason berth, they have overcome an overwhelming amount of injuries this season. Unfortunately, Sunday's game versus the Colts was no exception.
We learned that cornerback Terence Newman will be out of the team's lineup anywhere from 1-3 weeks with an MCL sprain, but he wasn't the only one gimpy after the Cincinnati's big win. Second-year safety George Iloka left with a concussion in the contest and his progress is being monitored. Per Kevin Goheen of FOX Sports Ohio, the team is going through the proper protocols while dealing with Iloka's injury.
#Bengals S George Iloka still under NFL concussion protocol. Possibility he could be off the protocol on Wednesday.— Kevin Goheen (@FSOhio_KGoheen) December 9, 2013
There is a multi-step process for teams to deal with player concussions, or the signs of a possible concussion. If you need a refresher on those, you can check out our post on that from this past summer. It's a league-instituted rule that has stemmed from the alarming amount of health issues of former players, which have sadly bubbled to the surface in recent years.
The good news per Goheen's report is that Iloka might not miss extended time. Still, as we've noted before concussions can be lingering and the Bengals may not want to take any chances on rushing him back. It sounds like we'll know more by the middle of the week.