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Bengals Get Huge Ja'Marr Chase Injury Update Despite 'Out' Status for Week 11

Larry Rupp
The Cincinnati Bengals got a huge Ja'Marr Chase injury update despite his 'out' status for Week 11.
The Cincinnati Bengals got a huge Ja'Marr Chase injury update despite his 'out' status for Week 11. / AP Photos/Jeff Dean

The Cincinnati Bengals enter a Week 11 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers without their best wide receiver available to play. Ja'Marr Chase will miss his third straight game due to a hip injury, but the news isn't all bad. The fact that he is off crutches means his return to the field is nearing closer.

Ja'Marr Chase Injury Update

A recent doctor's appointment cleared Chase to participate in a limited fashion practice this week after he proved capable of walking without crutches. What has been diagnosed as a hip flexor strain has kept the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year on the sideline for almost a month of action now.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport explained that a return in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans should not be ruled out at this point. It's not hard to understand how much of a boost having Chase back would be for Cincinnati. No Bengals wide receiver has logged more than 60 yards in a game since his injury.

Chase has logged more than 60 yards in four of his seven games this season. The 22-year-old also still leads the team in targets (74), receptions (47) and receiving yards (605) despite missing two full games. Chase has been on the end of 6 of quarterback Joe Burrow's 18 passing touchdowns, too.

For now, the Bengals will look to lean on Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd against a Steelers defense that ranks in the middle of the pack with the 15th-worst pass defense DVOA rating. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds list Cincinnati as a 3.5-point road favorite over Pittsburgh with -186 moneyline odds.

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