Lewis gives Bengals injury update, but doesn't confirm report Boyd has sprained MCL
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't confirm a report on Monday that wide receiver Tyler Boyd suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills, but did say cornerback Adam Jones' back injury was more serious than just spasms and that the upcoming bye week probably comes at a good time due to a handful of other injuries.
"The bye week will do well for us," said Lewis. "Not having to play this Sunday will do well for the football team. We have some guys that are going to be sore the next couple of days."
Jones and Boyd left the game in the first half and didn't return, but they weren't the only players to suffer injuries on Sunday. The others:
- Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left in the first half due to a shoulder injury and didn't return.
- Quarterback Andy Dalton rolled his ankle in the first half and played through it, but was seen wearing a walking boot after the game was over.
- Safeties Shawn Williams (elbow) and George Iloka (leg) also got hurt, but played through their injuries as well.
Of Jones' injury, Lewis said: "He’s in some pain. It’s a little more than a back spasm, but it’s nothing that he needs any sort of medical intervention on. He just needs some time."
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Boyd's injury is a sprained MCL and that he will likely miss a couple of weeks.
Lewis wouldn't confirm if that was the case when asked.
"We can’t know how long healing will take," said Lewis. "He has a sore knee."
It's also unclear if rookie wide receiver John Ross will be ready to play in the first game after the bye week on Oct. 22 at Pittsburgh. The Buffalo game marked the third straight he missed and fourth overall. He suffered a sprained knee in the preseason finale at the Indianapolis Colts and missed the regular-season opener against Baltimore. He did play in the second game against Houston on Sept. 14 and lost a fumble the only time he touched the ball on a 12-yard end-around, but then the knee began causing him problems the week leading up to the Sept. 24 game at Green Bay.
"Whenever John Ross comes out there, looks like everybody else and I watch him practice, we’ll have an idea (when he can play)," said Lewis. "We’ll see whether or not he deserves to dress. He’s not been out with the football team enough. He needs a lot of time and a lot of practice. That’s important. That’s probably as important than getting back healthy where he can begin to practice football again. He needs that. We have to get back to that point first."