Bengals wide receiver Core carted off field with leg injury
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Second-year Bengals wide receiver Cody Core suffered a left leg injury on what turned out to be the final play of practice on Wednesday, but it's not known what the injury is specifically or how badly Core is hurt.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis declined to provide any further details on the injury other than what reporters there witnessed.
Wednesday was the second day of the Bengals' three-day mandatory mini-camp, and while contact is not allowed, Core was "blocking" for teammate Alex Erickson following a short pass reception over the middle, and went down writhing in pain shortly after Erickson ran past him. Core wasn't blocking in the true sense of the word, but was engaged with safety Derron Smith and cornerback Bene Benwikere in a blocking stance when one appeared to grab him to keep him from going to the ground. Core was gently led to the ground where he immediately grabbed his lower left leg.
Core was then carted off the field as Lewis called an end to practice, perhaps a bit early.
Core was seen going to the X-ray room inside Paul Brown Stadium, then being helped to the locker room after coming out, and was placing no pressure at all on his left leg. It didn't appear that Core injured his knee rather that he did something to his shin or ankle area.
Bengals.com is reporting it as an ankle injury and that Core will be ready by the start of training camp on July 27, but that could not be confirmed.
A brief steady rain 53 minutes into the two-hour practice caused a 25-minute delay and players didn't appear to have any issues with their footing when they returned.
Core is expected to be a key contributor on special teams this season and add depth at wide receiver. The 2016 sixth-round pick saw his playing time increase at wide receiver late last season with all 17 of his receptions coming in the final five games.
NOTEWORTHY: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick dressed for the second straight day and took part in position drills, but didn't participate in any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 sessions. He missed Organized Team Activity sessions with a fractured hand. ... Rookie kicker Jake Elliott made all four of his field goal attempts, including two from 51 yards out, while undrafted free agent kicker Jonathan Brown missed one of his four going wide from 51 yards out. ... Rookie wide receiver Josh Malone was very good in OTA sessions that were open to the media, but he struggled on Wednesday with at least one drop and then after catching a deep pass up the left sideline had the ball poked away from behind and it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. ... Cornerback Darqueze Dennard recorded an interception along the sideline against Jeff Driskel that would have resulted in a touchdown. ... Rookie defensive end/linebacker Carl Lawson recorded easy "sacks" (again contact is not allowed) on back-to-back plays when he blew around left tackle Landon Lechler. ... Safety George Iloka also recorded sacks on back-to-back plays on blitzes, coming untouched on the first one and then having running back Cedric Peerman slide over too late to pick him up on the second one.