We now know who the two Bengals that tested positive for COVID-19 are.
According to ESPN reporter Field Yates, the two Bengals who are going on the NFL’s COVID-19 list are cornerback Trae Waynes and offensive lineman Fred Johnson.
The Bengals have placed CB Trae Waynes and OT Fred Johnson on Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 6, 2020
Waynes, who was signed this offseason following a five-year career with the Vikings, has yet to play this season due to a pectoral injury suffered in training camp. There’s some hope he can return late in the season. Regardless of whether or not he plays this year, hopefully this diagnosis doesn’t become a major setback in his recovery.
As for Johnson, he’s started at offensive guard and tackle this season, the latter coming in Week 8 when he replaced an injured Bobby Hart at right tackle. If both Hart and Johnson are out next week, the Bengals may go to rookie Hakeem Adeniji, who started at left tackle last week with Jonah Williams out.
If Williams, Hart and Johnson all miss next week, then it’s going to get real dicey in terms of who the starting tackles are against a stout Steelers defense, which features one of the league’s best pass-rushers in T.J. Watt.