Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell is dealing with a torn ligament in his hand, sources tell Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Surgery is possible for the veteran, though it wouldn’t be a season-ender. His exact timetable for a return is murky at this time and it remains to be seen exactly when the Bengals could get him back.
If LaFell is out for an extended period of time, they may look to the free agent market to add a receiver. It might also make sense for Cincinnati to wait until early September when 53-man cutdowns will bring a number of notable WR to the open market.
As shown on Roster Resource, the Bengals also have Brandon Tate and rookies Tyler Boyd and Cody Core at wide receiver behind A.J. Green, but LaFell is slated to be the team’s WR2 following Marvin Jones‘ departure. If he has to miss significant time, it will leave the Bengals with a lack of veteran leadership at the position.
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