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Trae Waynes Ruled Out for Bengals' Season Opener Against Vikings

The 29-year-old is dealing with a hamstring injury.

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. 

Watch: Clips of Burrow, Mixon, Ja'Marr Chase & Others From Monday's Practice

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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