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Bengals injury roundup: More injuries that Cincinnati can’t afford

The Bengals came into the week with a number of starters already not practicing at all last week, and more names were added to the list after the blowout loss to the Saints.

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It is no secret the Bengals came into Sunday’s game vs. the Saints already banged up. The biggest news of the day for Cincinnati came before they took the field when it was reported that A.J. Green will be “likely” be out till at least December. Although, news didn’t get much better during the game.

Adolphus Washington, defensive tackle

This one flew under the radar in Sunday’s loss, but apparently, Adolphus Washington suffered a knee injury that could sideline him several weeks, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Washington has been getting a healthy dose of snaps when active this season after being signed from the Cowboys’ practice squad in late September. He has logged 102 snaps this season in four games of work. Ryan Glasgow is already out for the year with his own knee injury, so expect to see a lot more Josh Tupou going forward, and don’t be surprised if another defensive lineman is signed soon.

Clayton Fejedelem, safety

Fejedelem exited near the end of the second quarter of the Saints blow out. He received an inadvertent kick to the side from one of his fellow defenders as he pursued the runner out of bounds. He had been heavily involved in the first half, as the Bengals with more three-safety looks, but after he failed to return it seemed like the Bengals were more content to go back to mixing up between their nickel and base 4-3 defense.

There hasn't been any more news about Fejedelem since he left the game, which is a bit weird. We may have to wait until the first injury report to see if the team's special team's ace will miss anytime.

Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback

Kirkpatrick left the game with a concussion and was replaced by Keivarae Russell on the outside. It honestly didn’t have too much of an impact on the game, because at that point the Saints were content with just running the ball. In fact, Kirkpatrick suffered his injury after several defenders missed their tackles on the running back. This becomes a bigger issue if Kirkpatrick can’t suit up next week as the Bengals are already down a number of defensive starters.

We will likely be tracking Kirkpatrick's progress through the concussion protocol. Depending on how quickly he gets through it will be the difference between him returning and us seeing either Russell or Darius Phillips starting in his place on the outside.

Prior injures/ Inactives

  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • WR A.J. Green
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • WR Josh Malone
  • OL Alex Redmond
  • CB Darqueze Dennard
  • TE Tyler Kroft

The two new names to this list are Josh Malone and Alex Redmond. Malone only made a thin receiving group without Green that much thinner. We actually saw Auden Tate’s first active game because of this. It was still Cody Core and Alex Erickson who took a vast majority of the third receiver snaps on Sunday though. Core ended up with two catches for 17 yards.

Redmond’s injury came at as perfect of a time that an injury can happen. Rookie center Billy Price just returned from his foot injury that had kept him sidelined since Week 2, so the Bengals moved Trey Hopkins, who had been filling in at center, over to fill in at right guard. Price and Hopkins had a few plays where they struggled, but to be fair no one on the offense was putting their best foot forward.