The Cincinnati Bengals may have suffered another long term injury to another member of their 2016 draft class Wednesday as defensive tackle Andrew Billings was carted off the practice field earlier in the day after suffering some sort of lower leg or knee injury.
According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals players were coming over to Billings and wishing him well before he was taken off the field on a cart.
Teammates were coming over to him before he was taken off. Billings was the fourth rounder out of Baylor. pic.twitter.com/lJIruCUXC9
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 10, 2016
A report late Wednesday by Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com indicates that the fourth-round draft pick out of Baylor is expected to undergo an MRI on his knee tonight and the team hopes it’s cartilage tear at most.
Billings knee undergoing MRI tonight. Word is cautious optimism. Hope is cartilage tear at most.
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 10, 2016
Billings, who was pegged by many as a first or second-round draft pick this year, wound up slipping all the way to the fourth. There were rumors during the 2016 NFL Draft that there were concerns about one of his knees, however, I’m not sure they were ever confirmed.
The Steelers attended Billings’ pro day this year and reportedly dined with the young defensive tackle.
The Bengals have already lost this year’s first-round draft pick, cornerback William Jackson III, for the entire season after he tore a pectoral muscle over a week ago during a training camp practice.
Billings’ injury happened during a scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their first of two regular-season meetings against the Bengals in Week 2.
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) August 10, 2016