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Bengals injury roundup: Cincinnati limps into the bye week with plenty of injuries

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The Bengals were already banged up heading into Sunday’s game against the Bucs, but they may have added a few more to the list of injuries heading into the bye.

Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Bengals limped into their game against the Buccaneers yesterday (see the inactive list at the bottom) but eventually came out on top 37-34. Unfortunately, they suffered a few more injuries in the process. Now entering their bye week, getting as many of those players healthy as possible is their number one priority, along with anyone who was injured during the game as well. Here’s a roundup of the injuries that occurred during the game for the Bengals.

Defensive end Carl Lawson

Lawson was one of the first players to go down. He was initially listed as questionable to return with a knee injury midway through the first quarter, but was quickly downgraded to doubtful. Eventually we found out the worst scenario had come to pass as Lawson tore his ACL and will be lost for the season.

The second-year pass rusher will likely be replaced by the combination of Sam Hubbard and Jordan Willis. Lawson recorded one sack on the season, but was pressuring quarterbacks at a high rate when on-the-field. He was mainly being used as a third-down specialist.

Left guard Clint Boling

Boling left the game with a back injury late in the first half against the Buccaneers, and was eventually declared out. Christian Westerman saw his first action of the season while Boling was sidelined. It is hard to say if Boling will need more than the bye week to recover or how exactly the Bengals will fill the position if he misses a start. The team will have rookie Billy Price back soon (likely for the Saints in Week 10), which means Trey Hopkins would be free to fill in at the position as well.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick left the game in the second half with what was later described as a sore achilles. That isn’t an ideal injury to have your cornerback dealing with. He was originally listed as doubtful to return, but he ultimately did re-enter the game. Cornerbacks Tony McRae and Darius Phillips, who were already seeing time filling in for Darqeuze Dennard, were forced into even larger roles for a short time. It’s a scary thought that Kirkpatrick could be playing through an achilles injury, which may be the case.

Wide receiver A.J. Green

Green suffered what looked to be a toe injury on his final catch of the game. He said after the game that he was fine, but he did seem to be in pain.

Already injured/Week 8 inactive list

  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • WR John Ross
  • OL Billy Price
  • CB Darqueze Dennard
  • TE Tyler Kroft

The new names to the inactive list include Burfict (hip) and John Ross (groin). Alex Erickson was Ross’ replacement, and he even made the start this week. We are pretty much in a wait and see mode on the receiver’s return.

Burfict’s absence combined with Vigil’s has left a huge hole at linebacker. Preston Brown was left to man the middle, and he forced a turnover against the Buccaneers. It is unknown when Burfict will be able to shake this hip injury. He seems to be in a wait and see position as well. Dave Lapham had said Burfict’s injury could stretch a few games past the bye week.