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Bengals injury recap: Cincinnati closes out 2018 with a few more additions to their injury list

The season is over, but the Bengals couldn’t avoid escaping Pittsburgh healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Bengals lost 16-13 to the Steelers in their season finale to finish with a record of 6-10. They also finish with an NFL-leading 18 players on injured reserve and suffered a couple more injuries in their final bout.

Considering this is the end of the year, it should also be pointed out that the Bengals struggles started before their injured reserve looked like a grocery list. This was a team that didn’t have nearly enough depth, and the coaching staff wasn’t good enough to get anything out of their backups.

Cody Core, wide receiver (Arm)

Core was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter with an arm injury. He was almost instantly put in an air cast after rolling on the ground after having a pass attempt broken up along the sideline. It looked absolutely ugly from the replay, and there wasn’t much of a question of if Core would return to the game. The question becomes how long of a rehab does Core have ahead of him and whether it will impact his chances of making the team in 2019.

Core was replaced by rookie wide receiver Auden Tate, who had hardly played recently despite how thin the team was at the position. Cincinnati was already notably thin at the position coming into the game as A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd were both out.

Cordy Glenn, offensive tackle (Ankle)

Glenn looked far worse initially when he was rolled up on from behind. Bobby Hart got blown by and his defender dove to recover a fumble he forced, who ended up injuring the Bengals’ prized offseason addition. Glenn was able to put weight on the leg, but was listed as questionable to return.

Andre Smith came in to replace Glenn at left tackle as Christian Westerman was in for Alex Redmond at right guard (likely due to his excessive penalties), so the team couldn’t move Clint Boling out to left tackle. The Bengals still struggled to protect Driskel the rest of the game.

Prior injuries/Inactives

  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • CB Tony McRae
  • OL Cedric Ogbuehi
  • TE Jordan Franks
  • DE Kasim Edebali
  • RB Quinton Flowers
  • WR Hunter Sharp

Not included in this list are Tyler Boyd and Jordan Evans who were put on injured reserve prior to the Steelers game. Burfict was a very long shot after his second concussion in a month. His career also seems to be at risk with the amount of concussions reported at the NFL level reaching seven up to this point. Clearly the priority should be to make sure Burfict is okay going forward as a person.

Ogbuehi is an ugly inactive as he has had issues even being active on Sunday’s this season. Even after Jake Fisher was lost for the season. Ogbuehi was a former first-round pick back in 2015, who will likely be looking for a job somewhere else after failing to shrug off the bust label in Cincinnati. Glenn’s injury would’ve likely propped him into the starting lineup, but the team signed Smith so they wouldn’t be forced to do that.