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George Iloka "crawled off" field injured at Bengals training camp

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The Cincinnati Bengals starting safety plays a pivotal role on the team’s defense.

When the pads come on, injuries often pop up.

Such was the case on Day 3 of Cincinnati Bengals training camp as the team put on shoulder pads for the first time. Unfortunately, starting safety George Iloka was injured on the second snap of 11-on-11 drills on Sunday. But, after some time with the trainers, he appears to have some extent of an injury, but not a serious one.

The injury appeared to be to his right knee and he reportedly crawled off the field on his own before he was met by the team trainers.

Iloka was put onto a cart, but then got off of it under his own power. He was standing on the sidelines just moments after the injury initially took place.

Iloka was in coverage against wide receiver Alex Erickson when the injury occurred. This, after Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry spent the weekend on the rehab field and sitting out with undisclosed injuries.

It appears like the injury to Iloka was just a brief scare and though he won’t get back onto the field today, he likely just got banged up and will be OK within a few days.

Iloka is done for the day, but it’s good news that he didn’t actually have to go inside for further evaluation. He was sitting with ice on his knee on the sidelines within minutes of the injury taking place.

If Iloka ends up missing only a few days, it seems it could have been worse and we won’t remember this injury in a few weeks.

We’ll have more on this as further news becomes available.


Update: The injuries to both Iloka and Derron Smith (who was injured later on in practice) are considered minor by defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.