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Bengals Get Unfortunate Update on DJ Reader Injury Recovery Timeline

Larry Rupp
The Bengals got an unfortunate update on DJ Reader's injury recovery timeline.
The Bengals got an unfortunate update on DJ Reader's injury recovery timeline. / AP Photos/Tony Gutierrez
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Cincinnati Bengals fans were fearing the worst when defensive tackle DJ Reader went down in the first half against the New York Jets with a knee injury. The latest update isn't going to do much to soothe those fears, either. Reader is expected to miss at least a month of action as he recovers, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

DJ Reader Injury Update

Reader was tended to right away by the training staff on Sunday and was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power. He spent the rest of the game back in the locker room in an attempt to avoid putting any weight on his knee. Replacing Reader is not going to be an easy task for Cincinnati.

The 28-year-old has been one of the Bengals' best defensive players this year and played a key role on a defensive line only allowing 86.0 rushing yards per game (No. 7 in NFL). Overall, Reader has logged 10 tackles (1 for loss), 3 quarterback hits and 1 fumble recovery across 97 snaps (48%).

Keep in mind this update comes as a bit of a surprise given both Reader and head coach Zac Taylor expressed optimism in their comments on Monday. This will be the second instance in which Reader will miss significant time with Cincinnati. He was sidelined for 11 games in 2020 due to a quad issue.

The Bengals will turn to rookie Zach Carter to take on extended snaps and step up in rush defense against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4. He only has a few days to prepare for a pivotal Thursday Night Football clash. Cincinnati is a 3.5-point favorite in that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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