CINCINNATI — The Bengals appeared to dodge a bullet with two key players on Sunday.
Star quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be OK after going to the hospital to be checked for a throat contusion. The 24-year-old took multiple big hits in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Packers. He returned to Paul Brown Stadium on Monday morning.
The same goes for Jessie Bates, who got up slowly near the end of Sunday's game. The star safety is expected to play this week against the Lions.
"Jessie got rattled up on that last play of the game, so he’ll be good to go," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, cornerback Trae Waynes could miss some time. The veteran pulled his hamstring at the end of the game. It's unclear if he'll be ready to play on Sunday in Detroit.
"He had some good plays yesterday and some bad plays unfortunately on the last play of the game he pulls his hamstring and he couldn't even finish the play as the guy is still running his route he's running over grabbing his leg," defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said. "It's unfortunate a guy who really hasn't been healthy and I don't think we've seen the best of him and I think once he's healthy and fully available, I think we'll get a better Trae Waynes, I don't have any doubt."
The 29-year-old missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. He also missed all of 2020 with a torn pectoral muscle.
If Waynes misses more time, look for Eli Apple and Darius Phillips to see more snaps on defense.
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