CINCINNATI – If you ask around, most coaches will say the ultimate goal of the offseason is to come out as healthy as possible. Even if staying healthy is largely out of everyone’s control.

The Bengals are dealing with a new health issue when it comes to one of their players. On Tuesday, head coach Zac Taylor informed the media that defensive lineman Tyler Shelvin will miss time after having surgery on his wrist.

“It’s been bothering him,” Taylor told reporters. “They just had a slight procedure. It might keep him out the next two weeks, but nothing major. Expect him for [training] camp.”

It may be minor, but it’s still an unfortunate injury for Shelvin. He is going to be in a heated competition for playing time this year due to the drafting of Zachary Carter in the third round of this year’s draft.

Shelvin already had issues finding playing time after being mixed in the strong rotation of D.J. Reader, B.J. Hill, and Larry Ogunjobi. So much so that he only found his way onto the field for 49 defensive snaps in 2021.

However, Ogunjobi is obviously out of the picture, now, giving Shelvin an opportunity. At the same time, though, he’s going to have fight off Carter -as well as others-  in order to earn his keep.

It will be exciting to see what Shelvin does actually do when training camp rolls around.

You can watch Taylor’s full press conference, below:

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