The injury-riddle Cincinnati Bengals found a way to win on the road in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round matchup with the Buffalo Bills. Multiple reserves stepped up in a time of need on one of football’s biggest stages.
Heading into the AFC Championship Game, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor provided an update on a couple of premier starters during his meeting with the media on Monday. The two players Taylor focused on were starting left tackle Jonah Williams and starting right guard Alex Cappa.
“I think he’s improving every day. We’ll see where it ends up,” Taylor said on Cappa, who has been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 18.
Taylor repeated the same answer when asked about Williams, who dislocated his knee in the Bengals’ wild card win over the Ravens.
Head Coach Zac Taylor speaks to the media. https://t.co/q4anHCewzL— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 23, 2023
It should be noted that center Ted Karras suffered some sort of knee injury in Sunday’s win, though he was able to finish the game wearing a brace.
Reserves Jackson Carman, Max Scharping, and Hakeem Adeniji deserve a lot of credit for playing well in a plug-and-play situation against one of the league’s top defenses.
Silence the doubters. pic.twitter.com/wrDWZNROuc— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 23, 2023
Hopefully the Bengals can get at least one of its starters back for the showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium this weekend. However, the Bengals should feel good about their depth up front after a remarkable outing in snowy Buffalo.
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