The Cincinnati Bengals cannot afford another injury to their depleted cornerback unit.
But before their third preseason game even kicked off, veteran corner Adam Jones suffered what’s being referred to as a calf strain during warmups that will sideline him for the Sunday Night Football matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones was seen warming up prior to the game before leaving the field with an apparent injury. It may have been a minor tweak that he could have played through had this been a regular-season game, or perhaps it was more serious. Right now, we just know that Jones will not play in tonight’s preseason game.
The 32-year-old cornerback was one of the top corners to hit the free agent market this offseason, but after testing the waters, Jones opted to re-sign with the franchise where he's made his biggest mark on pro football.
In 2015, Jones had 62 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, 12 passes defended and three interceptions in 14 games played. He missed two games in 2015 due to a foot injury.
During his six-year career with the Bengals, Jones has compiled 263 tackles, two sacks, 53 passes defended, 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles, 1,265 yards on kick returns and 933 yards on punt returns.
He's also had three touchdowns: One from a forced fumble, one from an interception and one from a punt return. Jones isn't just a great corner; he's also an excellent and impactful return man and someone the Bengals have heavily relied on, especially in recent years.
At cornerback, the Bengals have already lost William Jackson III to a torn pectoral muscle, while Darqueze Dennard has missed a month due to an ankle injury. Losing Jones in any scenario would be a huge loss for the Bengals. Hopefully this is not serious and will just keep Jones out of the preseason. He wouldn’t have played in Thursday’s preseason finale anyway as that game will be more for backups to prove themselves before roster cuts.
We will keep you updated as more details become available regarding Jones’ injury.