Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Ja’Marr Chase Injured, Could Miss Rest of Regular Season
The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a blow to their offense with the news that star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will be sidelined with a right shoulder injury for Week 16. The Bengals are currently fighting to secure an AFC wild-card spot and are concerned that they may be without Chase for the remainder of the regular season. This comes after quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11, making the team’s playoff hopes even more challenging.
Chase sustained the shoulder injury during a comeback victory over the Minnesota Vikings in a game that went into overtime. Initially diagnosed with a separated shoulder, an MRI revealed that Chase has an AC joint sprain. This is a setback for the Bengals, who have been resilient in the face of injuries, with backup quarterback Jake Browning stepping in to lead the team to three consecutive wins following Burrow’s injury.
The loss of Chase is particularly significant as he leads the Bengals this season with 93 receptions for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. Despite this setback, head coach Zac Taylor has remained hopeful, stating that Chase is day to day. However, reports from the NFL Network suggest that the star receiver won’t be available for the upcoming game in Week 16.
With Chase out, other wide receivers on the Bengals’ roster, such as Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Trenton Irwin, will need to step up to fill the void. The team’s final three games include matchups against AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Cleveland Browns. Analysts see the Bengals’ chances of reaching the playoffs at around 37%, with the Browns having an 88% chance and the Steelers at 4%. They are currently considered a long shot to win the Super Bowl at +12000 odds.
The loss of Chase is a significant blow to the Bengals’ playoff hopes. With three crucial games left in the regular season, the team will need to rely on their depth and resilience to secure a spot in the postseason.