Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones will see a specialist Tuesday in North Carolina to seek a second opinion on his injured ankle.
Jones has yet to play this season and has practiced only on several occasions in limited fashion. He broke his left foot during training camp after sitting out the beginning of camp due to a problem in his right ankle.
Upon returning from surgery to heal his foot before Cincinnati's Week 5 game against the New England Patriots, Jones "tweaked" his right ankle and hasn't practiced since. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday he hadn't seen Jones making progress from his ankle injury.
According to the report, the problem in Jones's ankle originated last February, and doctors didn't have a diagnosis for it until after his recent re-aggravation. The belief is Jones broke his left foot trying to overcompensate for his right ankle.
The team will reportedly make a decision on how to proceed with Jones after he sees the specialist Tuesday.
It has been reported that the team is considering surgery, which could keep Jones out an extended period.
Jones, a third-year pro, had 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns last season as the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver, including a career-best day against the New York Jets in Week 8 when he had 122 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Cincinnati is also dealing with an injury to No. 1 wide receiver A.J. Green, who is nursing a nagging toe ligament injury that has kept him out of one game and forced him to leave another in the first quarter. Green said he doesn't expect to play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, and it's unknown exactly long he'll be out.
The injuries to Green and Jones have led to an increased role for No. 3 receiver Mohamed Sanu. He set career highs with 10 receptions for 120 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and has 28 receptions for 354 yards and three touchdowns overall this season.
- Ben Estes