During a traditional week, the Bengals typically spend Monday treating injuries, soreness, nicks and bruises along with a handful of film sessions to watch their respective performances before enjoying a day off on Tuesday. Despite the team's 49-9 win over the New York Jets, the cost was significant enough that the Bengals could lose at least two starters next week.
Compounding the problem is that Cincinnati will play on Thursday Night Football against Miami in four days, accelerating the recovery for players and the team's traditional week. Instead of Monday being a normal Monday, Monday actually becomes Wednesday as the team is set to open this week's practice. Granted, the Dolphins are facing the same situation, but with the comforts of home along with playing an early afternoon game Sunday, unlike the Bengals 4 p.m. (ET) kickoff against New York.
Linebacker Rey Maualuga was carted off with over four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
There is some conflicting reports on the actual injury.
Initially announced as knee, the team either corrected (or added) that Maualuga suffered a concussion. It's unlikely that he'll be able to pass the league's concussion protocols in only four days, but we'll learn more as the week unfolds.
Maualuga admitted to reporters after the game that he just doesn't know that that he's "day-to-day." We're assuming the initial reports of a knee were an error, as one observer noted that Maualuga wasn't on crutches or a boot and "just a slight limp". However, Maualuga did say the knee was "a boo boo." Maybe both?
Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was noticeably absent during Cincinnati's final possession in the first half. Cincinnati announced that his return was questionable with a knee. He told reporters after the game that his knee is banged up and that he will be evaluated on on Monday.
With the team having the luxury of someone like Anthony Collins on the bench and a comfortable multi-game lead in the division, the Bengals may hold out Whitworth, at the very least, as a precaution. Again, we'll learn more as the week unfolds.
Bengals safety Taylor Mays and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu also suffered injuries against the Jets and we should learn more this week.