The Cincinnati Bengals got some crushing news earlier this week when it was reported that All-Pro wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase would miss 4 to 6 weeks with a hip issue.
On Saturday, the availability of Chase for the near future got some hope. Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor spoke to reporters and turned heads when he revealed that Chase would not go on injured reserve.
Bengals’ HC Zac Taylor told reporters today that WR Ja’Marr Chase will not be placed injured reserve due to his hip injury. Chase will not play Monday night vs. the Browns.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2022
Taylor also mentioned that the Bengals’ bye week that occurs in Week 10 played a factor in keeping Chase off IR. Chase is dealing with a complex hip injury according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and is considered week to week.
After taking the NFL by storm as a rookie with over 1400 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Bengals, Chase has continued to terrorize defenses in 2022.
Chase has hauled in 47 receptions for 605 yards and six touchdowns. This put Chase on pace to set career highs in receptions and touchdowns, and less than one yard per game off his yardage total in 2021 before his setback.
The Bengals will certainly take the cautious route regardless with Chase although they aren’t stashing him on the shelf. Chase has been ruled out for the Bengals’ matchup with the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and the Bengals may want to hold him out against the following week versus the Carolina Panthers before their bye week.
This is an encouraging sign for Chase and the Bengals’ offense which has started to find its stride lately. If the Bengals want to play it completely safe, their matchup on November 20 against the Pittsburgh Steelers would be an ideal target for Chase to return.