Bengals Place WR Marvin Jones on Injured Reserve
The Cincinnati Bengals were hoping to get wide receiver Marvin Jones back in the next week or so. As it turns out, they won’t be getting him back at all.
Down goes Jones
Per reports, the team has decided to place Jones (foot) on injured reserve, effectively ending his 2014 season before he could ever see the field. Jones initially injured his foot before the season began, but was not placed on any lists due to the team believing he could potentially return as early as week five.
Making the call
Jones’ foot issue lingered through week five and an additional ankle ailment prevented him from making his 2014 debut in week six. With star wide receiver A.J. Green also sidelined with an injury, the Bengals had to make a call simply to get another wide receiver on the active roster. The team viewed Jones’ situation as one that could take several more weeks, and opted to cut their losses to get healthy players on the roster.
To help replace Jones and Green for week seven, the Bengals signed free agent Greg Little. Little recently spent some time with the Oakland Raiders and before that spent three years with the Cleveland Browns. A former early round pick, Little isn’t without talent, but has been inconsistent during his brief NFL career.
The team had already been forced to roll without both Green and Jones in week six, when Mohamed Sanu was thrust into the number one wide receiver role. Sanu actually performer at an elite level, but with just Dane Sanzenbacher and Brandon Tate behind him as reliable depth, the Bengals saw they needed to make a move before week seven came around.
The team anticipates Green being ready to return to the starting lineup within the next couple of weeks, but placing Jones on injured reserve and signing Little allows them to take their time and ease him back into action.
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