The Bengals got their training camp going in Dayton today, and the most Bengal thing happened as A.J. Green went down with a concerning injury. While Green’s is expected to be a more serious lower body injury, John Ross was also not participating in 11-on-11 drills.
Ross’ injury is undisclosed. However, Zac Taylor did confirm that Ross’ injury may not be too extreme.
As far as Ross Zac says not long-term injury— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 27, 2019
Later, Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson reported that it was just hamstring tightness that Ross was dealing with.
This is great news for the Bengals since they’d be dangerously thin out wide if both Ross and Green started the year on the sideline.
It’d be similar to late last year, and we should all remember what happened last year when Green went down. That could’ve been magnified even further if Ross were to be on the sideline.
Expected to be one of the few Bengals in store for a breakout season, Ross needs to find his groove in the NFL, and under a new, fast-paced head coach, this is his time to shine. He needs to shine and this injury could hurt those chances.
The Bengals were projected to keep just five receivers according to ESPN. That may now have to change as the team would be hampered if they started the season with just three healthy options out wide.
Other than Ross’ and Green’s injury, the Bengals first day of training camp, which is taking place in Dayton before it heads back downtown, seemed to go smoothly, at least as smooth as it can be when one of your few top-100 NFL players goes down.
Let’s just hope that both Ross and Green find a way to get on field for Week 1. Starting off strong is paramount for Cincinnati’s success this season.