The Cincinnati Bengals lost wide receiver Tyler Boyd on the first snap of their Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. After the play, Boyd was seen tossing his helmet and left glove off, before heading straight to the locker room.
What was first described as a dislocated finger actually came through the skin, according to Boyd. It kept him out of the remainder of the game, but not by his choice.
Boyd also believes he can play this week vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s been a limited participant in the first two practice sessions, so he’ll likely be listed as questionable to play on Sunday.
Tyler Boyd said he can play with his dislocated finger. “It’s going to hurt” but “I’ll make it work.” Said the bone actually came through his skin. Wanted to get back into the game because Higgins was out and he felt the team needed him, but the other WRs had it covered.#Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) December 15, 2022
Boyd has been a model slot receiver in his time with the Bengals. He’s always shown toughness, the ability to go across the middle and very rarely looks even the slightest bit frustrated if the ball isn’t going his way. Him wanting to return to a game after having a bone sticking out of his skin is just another testament to what T.B. is all about.
Boyd also said that he is preparing in practice this week as if he will play Sunday, adding that if he does suit up, he has to catch the ball “by any means.”
While others have stepped up as injuries have made their way into the receiver room, it will be nice to have Boyd back on the field sooner or later. And from the sound of it, he is pushing hard for sooner.