The Bengals’ defensive emotional leader left the game with an injured hip. He probably also suffered a bruised ego after missing countless tackles on the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt. When you combine his absence with fellow Nick Vigil being out a few weeks with an ankle injury, things look like they could be getting a lot worse for the Bengals defense before it gets better.
The Bengals tight end room keeps getting thinner and thinner. Schreck was carted off the field with a left leg injury in the fourth quarter. He joins Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft who have suffered pretty significant injuries on the season. The Bengals already acquired Matt Lengel off the Texans’ practice squad, but now the team could have to make yet another move. C.J. Uzomah is the team’s lone option at the position left from this offseason.
While A.J. Green was carrying the offense on his back, Ross was pulled out of the game with a groin injury after likely re-aggravating it. The speedy receiver was fighting that injury since he suffered it against the Falcons. It kept him out of the Steelers’ game last week and the Dolphins game from two weeks ago as well. Ross only saw one target against the Chiefs, and it looked like the Bengals often rotated him with Alex Erickson, so odds are he wasn’t 100 percent anyway.
The Bengals were still without Giovani Bernard (knee). Cincinnati was forced to rely on Joe Mixon with Mark Walton as his backup, who continued to be a non-factor. The Chiefs don’t possess a great defense by any stretch, but the injuries that the Bengals offense was dealing with going into the game already
Cornerback Darqueze Dennard (shoulder) received some good news despite being inactive. We got news that he was should be available shortly after the Bengals Week 9 bye week. Cincinnati relied on Tony McRae and Darius Phillips in his absence.
Rookie Center Billy Price missed another game with his foot injury, but he seems to be trending more towards playing sooner rather than later. Trey Hopkins has been filling in pretty well for him, but it would still be nice to have their 2018 first-round pick back out there.