Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase is out of week eight and could miss up to six weeks due to a nagging hip injury, reports report

The Bengals’ high-altitude attack may dip over the next few weeks, though, as Ja’Marr Chase is expected to miss some time with a thigh injury.

Although it is unclear how long Chase will remain, the All-Pro wide receiver is expected to miss Monday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, According to NFL.com. If Chase misses just one or two matches, that would be the best-case scenario for the Bengals, as there is at least one report that he could be out of the game for more than a month.

according to to ESPN.com, the injury could sideline the Bengals star for anywhere from four to six weeks, and if that’s the longer end of that window, Chase will be out until December. Chase was suspended from training on Thursday and at the time, Bengals coach Zack Taylor said it was because his hip was “hurting,” but it was clearly more than that.

With Chase potentially staring at a six-week absence, the Bengal could put him in injured reserve. However, if they go that route, Chase will have to sit out at least four games, so they will only put him on international level if they feel there is no way he can be back in a month. The Bengals have a bye in Week 10, so if Chase sits in Week 8 (Browns) and Week 9 (Panthers), that will give him four weeks to heal and he’ll only miss two games in that period.

This is a devastating injury to the offense Bengals who have been rocking over the past few weeks after a slow start to the season. The Bengals have won four of their past five games and the main reason for that is that Chase, who’s fired off absolutely in his previous two games by collecting at least 130 yards and two touchdowns per game, were both winning the Bengals.

The 2021 offensive rookie hit the hip in Week 6 against the Saints. During that 30-26 win, Chase had seven passes for 132 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown that came in less than two minutes to play. In the days following that game, Chase appeared on his injury report for the first time all season and even sat outside team training on Wednesday in the run-up to the Week 7 game against the Falcons.

In front of Atlanta, Chase picked up eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. However, he did most of the damage to him in the first half, which is notable, as he looked like he hit his hip again in just 20 seconds until the break.

Although Chase returned to the game in the second half, he was not very active.

Chase’s absence means Taylor has to completely renew the Bengals’ offense. The Bengal has the weapons to succeed without Chase, but there is no guarantee that this will happen. One thing the Bengals will need to count on in Chase’s absence is Joe Mixon and his running game, but that could be a problem, because the ground game hasn’t been there this year (the Bengals average just 87.4 yards per game on the ground, which is the fifth worst in the NFL).

If you look at the Bengals’ passing game, Joe Burrow has thrown 27% of his passes (74 goals in 270 attempts) to Chase this year and they’ll have to go elsewhere. The good news for the Bengals is that Burrow has good chemistry with the rest of his receivers. Although Chase leads the team with 605 yards, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are directly behind him at 455 yards each. They will be the two people who will have to put up with the slack because Burrow will definitely find their way with Chase.

Also, Mixon (182) and Hayden Hurst (226) both have 180+ yards per season.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Bengals’ attack, but they have many winable matches in the next few weeks (at the Browns, the Panthers, bye, at the Steelers, at the Titans) and with the way their defense plays out, the AFC defender champions may be able to hold their own. Storm of absence Chase.

The Bengals were a shade over 50% for playoffs with Chase in the line-up, but if he’s going to miss six weeks, post-season odds drop to less than 44%, according to CBS Sports data scientist Stephen Oh.


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