CINCINNATI — Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes won't play in Sunday's season opener against the Vikings due to a hamstring injury.
Head coach Zac Taylor declared the veteran out on Monday afternoon. Eli Apple will start in his place.
The Bengals signed Waynes to a three-year, $42 million contract last offseason. He missed all of 2020 with a torn pectoral muscle.
The 29-year-old flashed his potential in training camp, but he injured his right hamstring during practice on Aug. 25.
The Bengals didn't put Waynes on injured reserve, which means they're hoping to have him back in Week 2 against the Bears or in Week 3 against the Steelers.
"We'll just see how it goes, take it week-to-week. I don't want to make any predictions with a hamstring," Taylor said. "He's not gonna play in this game, [but] we didn't think enough of it to put him on IR."
The Bengals host the Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.
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