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John Ross in sling following Bengals’ loss to Steelers

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Injury to insult.

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

It looks like John Ross may have suffered a significant shoulder injury in Monday’s loss to the Steelers.

Ross was knocked out of the game in the second half after hauling in a pass and getting dragged down hard to the turf. His head actually bounced off the ground, which initially made it look like he had a concussion.

But soon after, the Bengals announced Ross was questionable to return with a shoulder injury. He ended up not returning and actually went to the locker room for examination, then returned in a shoulder sling, according to Joe Danneman.

It’s hopefully precautionary, but a similar thing happened last week to Steelers tight end Vance McDonald. He played vs. the 49ers, then was seen sporting a sling the next day, and he wound up not practicing all week before being inactive Monday night.

With a short turnaround for Sunday when the Cardinals, it’s hard to see Ross being back in time to play if he’s already in a sling. Hopefully, this isn’t anything more than a one or two-week injury. The last thing Ross is another major injury that leads to surgery.