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Positive injury update on Joseph Ossai

The Bengals may have Ossai back for Week 1 after all.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

After Saturday’s injury scare, it looks like Joseph Ossai’s injured wrist won’t keep him sidelined very long.

On Sunday, Bengals radio man Dave Lapham reported that Ossai may have a fractured wrist but could still return in time for Week 1 vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Now, Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson reports that Ossai didn’t shatter any bones and the team believes he’ll return in time for the regular-season opener in just under three weeks.

“Ossai was immense on the edge before he hurt his wrist colliding with fellow rusher (Darius) Hodge at the quarterback on his 22nd and last play,” wrote Hobson. “No bones shattered and the initial sense is he’s going to be OK and he’ll be back in time for the opener, given the condensed preseason. The finale is in just 13 days.”

While it’s unfortunate Ossai had this setback in his first NFL game, it’s good to know it may not cost him any regular-season time.

The Bengals defense needs all hands on deck if it’s to make major strides this year after finishing 32nd (2018), 29th (2019) and 26th (2020) in total defense over the last three seasons. A big part of that was the defense finishing 28th, 26th and 32nd respectively in total sacks during that span.

Ossai may be a rookie, but it’s been clear in training camp and the first preseason game that he’s going to be one of the three or four best edge rushers on this team. Here’s to hoping he’s ready for a full workload when the Vikings come to Paul Brown Stadium on September 12th.

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