The hits just keep on coming for the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only did they lose to the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, but it was feared that cornerback Chidobe Awuzie suffered a major injury.
Those concerns have now been confirmed as Awuzie will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, according to Ben Baby of ESPN.
Awuzie was doing battle with a familiar face when he got hurt. Wide receiver Amari Cooper, who played with Awuzie for three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was going over the middle when Awuzie made a break on the football. He successfully defended the pass, but his right knee buckled once it planted.
Awuzie spoke about what was going on during that chaotic moment.
“Honestly, I don’t know what happened in that moment,” Awuzie said. “When I looked back to see if (Cooper) caught or dropped it, my knee did whatever it did and I hit the ground. I think a lot of people can tell I’m not used to not being able to walk, so I immediately tried to run off the field because that’s my instinct.
“Just get off the field. Just try to get back in the game. When I got back to the sideline I was thinking it might be something minor. Then they told me what they told me.”
Unfortunately, that’s how Awuzie’s season will end on the field. However, he’s looking to make an impact in another way.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Awuzie has been active in meetings and film studies, and he explained why he’s doing so despite his situation.
“You never know how you can be impacting the team and the defense, so I want to keep doing that,” said Awuzie.
Kudos to Awuzie here for being a pro’s pro as he sets to embark on a long road to recovery.
Awuzie’s injury isn’t the only setback to the Bengals’ secondary. Mike Hilton, the team’s top slot corner, is out this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers with a finger issue.
Veteran cornerback Eli Apple returned to practice this week after missing Monday’s game against the Browns with a hamstring. However, the Bengals are still in quite a bind at corner.
Backup Tre Flowers has missed practice all week with a hamstring issue and is doubtful to play. So, that leaves rookie Cam Taylor-Britt and Jalen Davis as the only other corners on the roster which has forced rookie safety Daxton Hill to get some reps at corner for the time being.
It’s going to be tough sledding for the Bengals’ secondary going forward, that’s for sure.
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