The Bengals have suffered a few injuries in the past week, but there appears to be some good news as none of the recently suffered injuries are season-ending.
On day one of camp, seventh round pick Rod Taylor suffered a torn ACL. That is season-ending and is unfortunate for the rookie guard. But more recent injuries aren’t as severe.
Auden Tate, the Bengals seventh round pick who has been getting plenty of attention, left practice yesterday after he hit his head on the ground during one-on-one drills. He’s now in the concussion protocol.
Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou was also carted off from practice yesterday. His injury was to his knee injury, which is always scary. He was seen wearing a knee brace in the locker room today.
#Bengals DT Josh Tupou came through the locker room in a knee brace. He was carted off the field yesterday.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 2, 2018
Josh Malone left practice on Sunday with an apparent hamstring injury, and he hasn’t returned to practice yet.
It seems that each of these players got some good news today.
#Bengals will be without WR Auden Tate, WR Josh Malone and DT Josh Tupou today at practice. The receivers should be back next week while Tupou’s knee injury is not considered season-ending.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 2, 2018
The timing for the receivers is important as the team just released Brandon LaFell today, which has left the group a little thin. Of course Tate has been the talk of training camp with his enormous catch radius as well as his contested catches. However, it is Malone who could still end up finishing higher on the depth chart if Tate ultimately even makes the roster. After all, Malone did play the fourth most snaps of any receiver last season. Both will be returning to a position group that has been on fire all offseason.
It will be great to see more highlights like these from the receivers.
Tupou’s diagnosis remains to be seen, but the news that he could return at some point this season is great considering how many other teams are dealing with season-ending injuries already this offseason. It still will very much hurts his chances of making the roster in the very competitive competition at defensive tackle.
Of course Geno Atkins remains the team’s top option at the position, but who will start next to him and be behind them on the depth chart will be determined in training camp and the preseason. Missing any length of time really will put Tupou behind the eight ball.
All considering, these updates are good news for the Bengals.