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NFL Week 1: Josh Shaw suffers injury during Bengals vs Ravens

The Bengals can’t lose another corner this early.

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UPDATE 1:35 p.m. EST

Josh Shaw returned to the game with under a minute to go in the first quarter.

The Cincinnati Bengals have their first injury of the regular season.

It came in the first half of the team’s Week 1 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Backup cornerback Josh Shaw suffered an injury on a first-quarter kickoff. Following the return, Shaw limped off the field and went to be examined by trainers. The Bengals have since announced it’s an ankle injury and his return is questionable.

This is bad news for a Bengals team already without starter Adam Jones, who is serving a one-game suspension. Shaw is also a backup safety, and the Bengals are without starter Shawn Williams (elbow).

The fact that the injury is questionable suggests it’s not too bad, but it remains unclear if he’ll return to this game. If he’s out, the Bengals will rely heavily on William Jackson III in the slot with Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick on the boundary.

This also means KeiVarae Russell will be the fourth cornerback and see extended playing time. Ironically, Russell’s first real action in 2016 came against the Ravens in Week 17, where he intercepted Joe Flacco to help seal the win.

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