The Bengals are enduring their own version of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
William Jackson III was lost to a potentially season-ending injury, while Darqueze Dennard is out with an ankle injury, the severity of which being hopefully minor.
Now, Tyler Kroft has suffered an apparent knee injury that forced him to be carted out of practice. According to reporters on the scene, Kroft appeared to jam his knee, went down in pain and was able to get up and walk to the cart. He left practice on the cart, with the medical staff.
According to Ian Rapoport, the injury as a hyperextended knee.
#Bengals TE Tyler Kroft, who will start if Tyler Eifert isn't ready, suffered a hyperextended knee, source said. MRI in the morning.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2016
#Bengals Tyler Kroft carted off. Looks like a knee injury. #WhoDey pic.twitter.com/96niHGkijj— Sam Greene (@SGdoesit) August 2, 2016
This news comes as Kroft was having a good showing in camp thus far, as he's poised to be the starting tight end if the regular season opens with Tyler Eifert likely sidelined. If Kroft’s injury is at all serious, the Bengals would have a major depth issue at tight end.
the #tylers are doing well during camp with kroft getting the catch this time #bengals https://t.co/HgbAkzJVM1— sarah (@sarahpamerica) August 2, 2016
Also injured Tuesday was starting safety Shawn Williams, who left practice early after suffering an unknown injury toward the end of the session. He left the field with a trainer and walked to the locker room to be further examined
Williams arrived at practice later than most of the team did, though, the reason for that is unknown. It’s possible he’s dealing with a minor injury that he re-aggravated towards the end of practice, but that’s just speculation at this point.
If Williams were to miss significant time, it would be interesting to see who the Bengals put in his place. Derron Smith would figure to get that first crack at starting alongside George Iloka, but Josh Shaw is also having a good camp practicing at both cornerback and safety. Shaw has been practicing at safety after spending his rookie season at corner full time.
Depending on what these injuries were, we could hear word of their status later this evening, or it may be something that requires an MRI, which could mean we don't learn of what the injuries were until Thursday. Additionally, the Bengals have no obligation to discuss injuries at this point in the offseason.
We'll provide more details as they become available.