Bengals Place WR John Ross On IR

The Bengals placed wide receiver John Ross on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. This brings an end to a frustrating year for the team’s first-round pick. John Ross (Vertical)

The speedy wideout appeared in only three games this year and did not catch a single pass. Injuries marred his freshman season in the pros, which is exactly what scouts feared in the spring.

Ross was lighting quick, but he had more red flags than a USSR medal ceremony. He tore his ACL and missed the 2015 collegiate campaign and also underwent labrum surgery after the combine. Clubs loved his 4.22-second 40-yard-dash time, but many viewed him as a one contract player and not as a long-term investment. Next year, he’ll work to prove those critics wrong.

At 5-7, the Bengals have less than a 2% chance of reaching the playoffs. They’ll face the Bears, Vikings, Lions, and Ravens, without their top pick in tow.

In related moves, the Bengals have promoted defensive tackle Josh Tupou from practice squad and signed linebacker Carl Bradford to the practice squad.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Bengals Place WR John Ross On IR

  1. tylerall5

    “More red flags than a USSR medal ceremony” that’s gold.

  2. dust44

    Cincy going for splash instead of trading back to get a much needed OLinemen or drafting a much more needed S or LB.

  3. card collector18

    Tyler Boyd was a reasonable pick. This guy? Not so much

  4. whereslou

    He was amazing when on the field could take the top off any D. Too bad he is so fragile. Hopefully they can get some muscle weight on him without slowing him down so he can take some hits. Not a Cincy fan just like to see the Dawg players do well.


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