Tee Higgins Leaves Week 1 Game With Concerning Injury
By Tyler Maher
The Cincinnati Bengals' season did not get off to a good start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Not only was Joe Burrow's first pass attempt intercepted for a pick-six, but wide receiver Tee Higgins was also forced out of the game after taking a scary hit to the head in the second quarter.
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Higgins was removed from the game after getting hit in the head following a nine-yard catch. The 23-year-old immediately grabbed his helmet and was slow to get up. He was later ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
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Head injuries are always scary, so it was good to see the Bengals take Higgins out of the game and protect him from further injury, even if it diminishes their chances of a second-half comeback.
Higgins has been one of the team's most important receivers since debuting in 2020, racking up 1,999 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons and helping Cincinnati reach the Super Bowl last year.
Higgins' concussion puts his status for Week 2's game against the Dallas Cowboys in jeopardy, and he may need to miss additional time beyond that if his symptoms linger. Concussions are notoriously tricky to recover from and vary in nature, making his short-term availability uncertain.
This is a significant blow to the Bengals in the short run, who may be without one of their top pass-catchers in a tough Week 2 road matchup in Dallas. His absence would put more pressure on fellow wideouts Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd to step up while also leaving Burrow shorthanded on offense.
At this point, Cincinnati fans can only hope that Higgins is able to return sooner rather than later.