Late in the second quarter, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle exited the game after suffering a left knee injury.
Shortly after, he was ruled out, per Evan Washburn on the CBS broadcast.
.@KetteringHealth Injury Update: DT DJ Reader has a left knee injury and has been declared out.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 25, 2022
Reader is one of the most important players on the Bengals’ defense and has established himself as one of the most dangerous tackles in the league.
Luckily for Cincinnati, the defense held the Jets to nine points in the first half. With an eleven-point lead, the Bengals get a chance to play in the right side of a catch-up second half and could survive Reader’s absence.
In less fortunate news though, the Bengals take on the Miami Dolphins next Thursday night. Talk about bad timing. DJ Reader’s rehab will be quite the race against the short week. It’s safe to say – although postgame information will be key – that it’ll be a tough task to play the next game.
But before worrying about that, the Bengals have two more quarters left to play to land their first win of the season.
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