The Cincinnati Bengals received some unfortunate news on Saturday, but it shouldn’t lead to any panic.

Two of the Bengals’ key free agent additions, offensive linemen La’el Collins and Alex Cappa, were placed on the non-football injury list and PUP list, respectively.

Having two key players out for the start of training camp isn’t ideal — especially when they’re new additions (they need those reps with the offense).

But at the same time, it’s late July. It would be different if this was late August and the season was about to get started.

There’s plenty of time for Collins and Cappa to get ready for the season. And anyway, it’s not unusual for players to land on the PUP list before the start of training camp. There were numerous players from other teams who landed on the PUP list this weekend ahead of training camps opening.

Collins missed the entire 2020 season due to a hip injury, but he stayed healthy in 2021 (he missed five games due to suspension). The former LSU star doesn’t have a history of missing time with nagging injuries, which is why I don’t think this will be a major issue this summer.

As for Cappa, he’s dealt with some injuries in the past, but he’s proved to be an incredibly tough player who will stay on the field at all costs (he once played through a broken arm). This is likely precautionary more than anything.

Fans should keep an eye on Collins and Cappa, but I imagine they’ll be on the field before the end of training camp. I don’t see any reason to worry about either at this point.

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