The Cincinnati Bengals have avoided any major injuries in offseason workouts, but that streak may have just ended.
Toward the end of Wednesday’s minicamp session, second year wide receiver Cody Core suffered a lower leg injury that appears to be serious. According to reporters on the scene, Core was in significant pain before he was ultimately carted off of the field.
Cody Core's injury is on his left side. He just went in for x-rays.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) June 14, 2017
Core was blocking on a screen and got caught up in wash— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) June 14, 2017
The injury was bad enough that the Bengals canceled the rest of practice, but again, it was toward the end of the session already.
Even so, it’s often a serious injury when someone is carted off of the field. Sometimes players get carted off due to heat or cramps just to be precautious, something that happened to Core in offseason workouts twice last year. It happened once in rookie minicamp and then again in training camp.
The Bengals were dealing with rainy conditions today and actually went inside to avoid the rain, before returning to the field once the storm cleared.
Impossible to say but players weren't slipping on the field or anything. This occurred after they had been back at practice for a while https://t.co/mEjEV67EmU— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) June 14, 2017
According to Terrell, Core was holding his knee while getting taken off the field.
Core has been heralded in offseason workouts and Geoff Hobson even called him the most improved player on the team. This, after Core enjoyed a promising rookie season that saw him featured in the offense over the final month of the season.
Core, who was selected with the 199th-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, came to the Queen City after an interesting career with the Ole Miss Rebels. The 6'3", 205-pounder grabbed 78 passes for 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons.
After A.J. Green’s injury against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, Core went on to earn increasing amounts of playing time and even started four games. He finished with 17 catches for 200 yards, all of which came in the final five games of the season. The highlights of his rookie season were a 50-yard catch against the Philadelphia Eagles, an eight-reception game against the Houston Texans, and a big 31-yard catch in the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
We’ll keep you updated as more news develops on Core’s injury.
Update (5:05 p.m.): Geoff Hobson reported the injury appeared to be to Core’s ankle. But, as of now, nothing is confirmed. He also said it was a non-contact injury and Core has completed X-Rays but the Bengals have not shared an update on his status.
Update (5:25 p.m.): The Cincinnati Enquirer has reported Core did not suffer any ligament damage.
Update (5:28 p.m.): Per Katherine Terrell of ESPN, Core is expected to be “fine”:
Source says Bengals WR Cody Core should be fine despite scary moment at practice today. Core will have another test tonight but a source close to him said he's not worried after his initial x-ray on his left leg.
Update (5:56 p.m.): Hobson reports “indications late Wednesday afternoon were he'll be ready for training camp.”
Update (7:00 p.m.): Our very own LB3PTMAN is on the scene at Taste of the NFL where he ran into Core and asked him how he’s doing. Core said, “I’ll be good” and posed for a picture. Core is on a scooter and not putting pressure on his left leg, but, was still able to attend the event tonight at Paul Brown Stadium, which seems to be good news!