Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone has been having a strong training camp so far. Unfortunately, his day of practice ended early on Sunday after he seemed to injure his hamstring. It was the first day in training camp that the Bengals were in full pads.
Per reporters on the scene, Malone watched the end of practice from the sideline while icing his left hamstring. He was also seen on a stationary bike.
Josh Malone is sitting on a bike with a towel over his head. Pads off. Not participating in team drills. Looks like he’s done today.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 29, 2018
Looks like WR Josh Malone (who has had a stellar camp thus far) tweaked his left hamstring. He’s icing up, appears done for the day.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 29, 2018
The fact that Malone didn’t immediately go inside is a good sign that the injury is nothing major. Still, hamstring injuries can sideline guys for longer than you’d like to see.
Malone is competing to see increased playing time this offseason among a talented and young wide receiver group. So far, he’s been impressing.
Nice catch at #Bengals camp today by Josh Malone @JamesRapien @JoeGoodberry pic.twitter.com/aJV06ej2Il— Brian Dugan (@BrianDuganNFL) July 29, 2018
Time for some videos... here’s Josh Malone: pic.twitter.com/EmRvGFEnYR— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) July 26, 2018
“He’s really flashed in the first three days,” Bengals wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell said of Malone on Saturday. “He’s got really good speed. He’s got good hands. He needs some confidence some times. He’s learning to be more physical and working off defenders better and I think that will help him. He’s a guy that can really run and he knows how to get open and make plays. He just has to be more consistent and keep learning the playbook.”
To build some consistency, Malone will need to be on-the-field. Hopefully, he’ll be back in action soon.
Injury Report: Other guys not practicing on Sunday were those on injury lists: tight end Tyler Eifert (PUP), linebacker Vontaze Burfict (NFI), fullback Ryan Hewitt (NFI) and linebacker Brandon Bell (NFI).
Additionally, quarterback Logan Woodside (undisclosed), cornerback Tony McRae (ankle), cornerback Sojourn Shelton (right hand) and defensive tackle Chris Baker (undisclosed) did not participate on Sunday. Offensive guard Rod Taylor (right knee) is done for the year due to a torn ACL, though the Bengals have yet to formally announce that. Lastly, tight end Tyler Kroft was limited and not in pads.