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Bengals will be without WR John Ross for “a few weeks” due to groin injury, per report

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This is not good news for a Bengals offense that has been lacking in recent weeks.

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The Bengals are expected to be without wide receiver John Ross for “a few weeks” after he aggravated the groin injury he originally suffered against the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

This according to Mike Garafolo:

There are varying reports though, as on Wednesday, ESPN’s Katherine Terrell reported that a timetable has not been determined for Ross’ return and he hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday:

During Sunday’s game, Bengals WR John Ross aggravated the groin injury that has already kept him out of several games this season. It’s unlikely he’ll play on Sunday, but he hasn’t been ruled out even though he didn’t practice Wednesday. There’s no current timetable for his return, but having the bye week coming up should help.

The Bengals play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and then have a Week 9 bye before hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. With Ross sidelined, the Bengals will look to rely more on Alex Erickson and Cody Core in addition to starters A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.

Ross has had an injury-plagued last two years with the Bengals after being selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. This season he’s played in five games and has seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

Ross was targeted once on Sunday but did not complete the catch. He received no other targets and was ruled out in the second half with the groin injury.

Ross’ career has gotten off to a rocky start, but hopefully he’ll return to the field healthy shortly after the bye week and contribute to the team in a meaningful way. The team could surely use him against the Saints’ highly impressive offense that can stretch the field with ease.

The Bengals moved Auden Tate from the roster to the practice squad last week and while it’s possible he could return to the active roster, I’d imagine the Bengals will stick with what they have for now. Josh Malone was inactive last week against the Chiefs, but he’ll likely be active again on Sunday with Ross out.