It's Day 13 of training camp, so it seems right that some bad news is coming out of Cincinnati.
The Bengals will likely be without one of their top offensive players for the rest of the preseason. Third-year receiver Marvin Jones had a procedure done on his foot that will hold him out for a few weeks, according to head coach Marvin Lewis, who revealed the news prior to the start of Monday's training camp session.
Lewis also said a pin was put in Jones fifth metatarsal, suggesting that rumors of Jones having broken his foot prior to camp were true. Jones was believed to be dealing with an ankle injury, which he suffered while working out in Texas with Andy Dalton and other Bengals receivers.
Jones surprisingly showed up on the team's Non-Football Injury list at the start of camp, a procedure in the NFL that gives teams an opportunity to secure a roster exemption in September. Jones is entering his third season after setting career highs in receptions (51), yards receiving (712), touchdowns (10) and average yards per reception (14.0). He was poised for another solid year in 2013, but now it's hard to see him coming close to his '13 numbers.
This is a tough loss for the Bengals, as he likely won;t be able to play in Week 1 vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati is 0-4 since 2010 in Baltimore, and has yet to win there since Andy Dalton and AJ Green became the featured offensive players.
Not having Jones will mean Mohamed Sanu needs to step up in his place. Though Sanu was slated to play slot receiver this year, he may move to the outside to makeup for the loss of Jones. Dane Sanzenbacher or Cobi Hamilton could move into the slot.
In other words, get well soon Marvin.