The most part, the Cincinnati Bengals have done a good job this season at avoiding the injury bug. Sunday night, however, the bug claimed one of their former first-round draft picks.
According to several media reports, Bengals second-year cornerback Darqueze Dennard needs shoulder surgery after being injured Sunday night in the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the rest of the season.
Dennard, who made his first career start Sunday night in place of veteran cornerback Adam Jones, who sat the game out with a foot injury, has played a total of 191 defensive snaps so far this season. The Michigan State product had registered 20 combine tackles and one interception in 2015 before going down injured.
With Dennard now out for the season, the Bengals will need to hope that Jones can get back in the starting lineup quickly as Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick are the only two other cornerbacks on their roster who have seen considerable playing time this season.
According to the Bengals current online roster, Dennard will be just the third player of theirs to land on the Reserve/Injured list this season.
The 8-2 Bengals will host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.