Cordy Glenn has been sidelined for two months due to a concussion he self-reported in the preseason.
Per multiple sources, the Bengals and Glenn have been at odds regarding the concussion, its symptoms, whether he’s able to return, the need for second opinions, and how the player feels. At some point, the situation prompted the Bengals to fine Glenn $200,000 for conduct detrimental to the team.
As one source explained it to PFT, things got heated on Wednesday. Glenn and a member of the Bengals’ coaching staff argued (a witness thought at one point that it was going to turn physical), and Glenn eventually told coach Zac Taylor to just cut him.
Glenn was cleared to fully practice this week after getting a few limited sessions in recent weeks, but he would typically go back to not practicing after said limited sessions. That led to speculation as to how serious the concussion was, if there was ever a setback, and if Glenn was simply hesitant to return to a team still winless and risk further injury in a lost season.
It sounds like the Bengals believe Glenn should have been back already, which prompted the reported $200,000 fine. Concussions are very tricky to deal with, but the Bengals have their own medical staff and an independent neurologist to help determine if Glenn should be good to go. They must have strong evidence that Glenn is healthy if they’re willing to fine him and get into a potential dispute over money with Glenn and his agent.
To no surprise, Glenn is not at Bengals practice today. It’s hard to see him playing another down of football for the Bengals if this report is true. He’s definitely not playing vs. the Jaguars in Week 7. It’s probably only a matter of time until he’s cut or traded if it really has gotten this contentious.
It’s really unfortunate for both sides, as Glenn is 30 and probably doesn’t have many effective starter-caliber years left in the tank, while the Bengals haven’t had a competent left tackle all season.