The Cincinnati Bengals have lost offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji to a torn pectoral muscle, head coach Zac Taylor announced Tuesday.
Taylor did not give a timetable for Adeniji’s recovery, but this is the type of injury that could end up costing him the entire 2021 season.
Hakeem Adeniji was not at practice today. Zac Taylor said he had surgery to repair a torn pec. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) June 15, 2021
Second year offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji had surgery on his pec last week and will be out for awhile, per Zac Taylor.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) June 15, 2021
Adeniji, a 2020 sixth-round NFL Draft pick by way of the Kansas Jayhawks, appeared in 15 games (five starts at left tackle), earning a 51.6 PFF grade. He was unlikely to be a starter in 2021 with Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff manning both tackle spots, but this is still a big blow to the depth at this position.
This means Fred Johnson, fourth-round rookie D’Ante Smith and possibly second-round rookie Jackson Carman (college tackle drafted to play guard in Cincinnati) will compete for the backup tackle spots.
Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for Adeniji and he’s able to make it back at some point in 2021.
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