One of the Cincinnati Bengals‘ biggest moves this offseason was signing offensive lineman La’el Collins.
The former LSU star was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this spring, but he was quickly pursued by the Bengals. Collins eventually signed with Cincy while promising to be quarterback Joe Burrow’s bodyguard in 2022.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, Collins’ training camp debut has been delayed as he’s dealing with a non-football injury.
Collins spoke to reporters on Friday and while he declined to go into detail about his back injury, he made it clear that he plans to be healthy for week one and play all season.
#Bengals RT La’el Collins didn’t give much detail about how he injured his back but keeps reiterating he will be fine and will practice before Week 1. Says playing a full season is his main goal— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) July 29, 2022
The issue that Collins is dealing with isn’t new. It’s something he’s dealt with before that just flared up over the summer.
This is good news for the Bengals. Collins knows what to expect from this injury. It’s something that he knows how to manage. And maybe if this were the regular season, he’d be playing right now. But it’s only late July so there’s no need to push it — even with him being new to the team.
Cincinnati certainly needs a healthy Collins in 2022. But even if he battles some injuries this year, the Bengals’ offensive line will still be in a much better place (because they signed Alex Cappa and Ted Karras as well) than it was last season.
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