The Bengals made it nearly three full quarters without having an injury vs. the Chargers, but that sadly changed in a big way late in the third quarter.
After starting guard Xavier Su’a-Filo left the game with an ankle injury, another newly-signed starter was also forced from the game. Starting nose tackle D.J. Reader went down with a lower-body injury late in the quarter, and the cart was quickly brought out for him as trainers examined his knee.
Reader was eventually carted off the field for further examination while in obvious pain. However, sideline reporter Melanie Collins said on the broadcast that it’s just muscle cramps. If that’s true, then it’s a huge sigh of relief for the Reader, who was signed to a four-year, $53 million contract this offseason as one of the biggest signings any team made this offseason.
We will update this story if any more details on Reader’s injury come out...