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Bengals Get Bad News on Hakeem Adeniji Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Cincinnati Bengals have received some bad news regarding the latest injury update on offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji.
The Cincinnati Bengals have received some bad news regarding the latest injury update on offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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When offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji was selected in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, there weren't a lot of expectations on his shoulders. However, as the season progressed, he began to improve and eventually ended up starting in five of the 15 games that he played in. Bengals fans were hoping to see Adeniji improve even more in 2021, but it doesn't look like they'll get the opportunity now.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Monday that Adeniji underwent pectoral surgery last week and will miss some time going forward. This injury update is nothing short of bad news for the team and its fans, especially as Cincinnati is preparing for the 2021 campaign.

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The bad news doesn't stop there for Bengals fans. When asked Taylor was asked about how much time Adeniji could miss, the Cincinnati coach said that the 23-year-old tackle could be out for "several months."

This injury comes as terrible news as the Bengals were hoping to have a better offensive line than they did last year. The team allowed an average of 3.0 sacks per game in 2020 (27th) and it was ultimately a quarterback hit that led to Joe Burrow's season-ending ACL and MCL tears. While Adeniji did allow 4 sacks on just 233 offensive snaps, the hope was that he'd take some major steps forward in a new season when it comes to protecting his QB.

With Adeniji out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, the Bengals' road to the playoffs has become more difficult than it already was. They currently are projected to miss the 2021 playoffs at -650 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, meaning their journey wasn't easy to begin with. The silver lining is that Adeniji's surgery happened now, rather than later in the offseason. This gives the Bengals some time to find a replacement to secure depth at the position, seeing as Adeniji didn't project as a starter.


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