Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase hasn't played since Week 7 of the NFL season due to a hip injury. Fortunately, the Bengals have gone 3-1 in his absence and the superstar wideout is inching closer to his return.
He recently spoke to members of the press and shared fascinating details about his injury and recovery process. This includes the exact nature of his injury and other shocking information regarding the timeline of its discovery.
Ja'Marr Chase Injury Update
According to Chase, he didn't suffer the injury against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, but in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. The injury was officially a hairline fracture to his hip bone, which was caused by a hyperextension of his knee.
Not only was Chase's injury more serious than expected, but he also played through the pain in Week 7. Chase explained how he "couldn't really move, I was too stiff," before the Falcons game but ultimately played because "my adrenaline was hyped and I felt good playing." He racked up 130 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in the contest, showing no issues on the field.
While the injury didn't slow him down in Week 7, playing through it ultimately made it worse. "I reaggravated it again right before the half. I felt it pop and couldn't really walk, so I sat down," said Chase, who came back out in the second half to play.
Only then did the doctors find the hairline fracture in his hip and force Chase to take some much-needed time off.
Chase returned to practice this week and is hopeful he can suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Bengals are currently listed as 2.5-point home underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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