As we await official word on the status of Joseph Ossai, it appears the Cincinnati Bengals’ prized rookie suffered a significant wrist injury in Saturday’s preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Bengals radio broadcaster Dave Lapham, Ossai is believed to have suffered a broken wrist, though the team is still awaiting results of further testing.
“Unfortunately, Joseph Ossai, it seems he’s got a fractured wrist, a broken wrist,” Lapham said on his podcast. “He had a cast on as he was boarding the plane after the game last night. He’s gonna get further tests, MRI’s and that sorta thing done.
“If it does reveal that he’s got a broken bone, a fracture of some sort, I would think in these instances, they’d perform surgery to help expedite the healing process, and maybe with surgery like that, he could make the opener.”
It’s not unheard of for football players to play through significant wrist injuries by wearing a hard cast. That obviously makes it harder to grip anything with said wrist, but it’s doable for a defensive lineman, whereas a QB or receiver would need to let it heal until the cast can actually come off.
It’s not the greatest news, but it least it appears Ossai may be able to return in time for Week 1 vs. the Minnesota Vikings in three weeks. The former Texas Longhorns star clearly has a lot of potential after his big night in Tampa, as Ossai recorded a sack, two QB hits and five total pressures on just 22 pass-rushing snaps.
Check out the full segment below for more details from Lapham on Ossai.
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