Aside from noticeable progress from youngsters and an overall improvement of play throughout the month, a major goal of preseason football is to come away as unscathed as possible, health-wise. The Cincinnati Bengals had a string of bad luck with that last year, but came away with few problems in their 2014 debut. The one major issue surrounded backup quarterback, Jason Campbell.
Midway through the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs, Campbell took a hit on a drop back and came up holding his elbow. He attempted to shake it off, but the team pulled him from the game and he was relieved by Matt Scott. Tests were conducted on Friday and a report was received on his previously-unknown status on Saturday.
Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Campbell has a "deep bruise" on his throwing elbow, likely putting him out for a while. Because of this, Hobson notes that the team is exploring other veteran options in the interim. Star-crossed rookie A.J. McCarron has yet to practice with a shoulder injury and could need significant time to heal up. And, though Scott was impressive in his quarter and a half of action, that came against second and third-string players and he is still seen as unproven.
Though Campbell's Bengals debut was shaky (two pick-sixes), he still is viewed as a needed option to backup starter Andy Dalton. Head coach Marvin Lewis apparently said that he expects Campbell to be back in action next week, but they may play things cautious and rest him for the next game. We'll see.
As of Saturday, it appears that the team has signed Tyler Wilson.