Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver john ross has been out for most of training camp with a lingering hamstring injury. However, his return date is getting closer.
On Monday, head coach Zac Taylor noted that Ross won’t play against the New York Giants for the team’s third preseason game on Thursday. However, he should be available a few days later; Taylor set a return for Sunday, August 25.
He won’t play this Thursday. Sunday would be the target for him. He’ll get a full two weeks of practice before Seattle,” Taylor said via Cincinatti.com’s Tyler Dragon.
Though Ross is expected to be back on Sunday — and for the regular season — the Bengals’ receiver corps will still be dealing with injuries. Seven-time Pro Bowler A.J. Green will miss the start of the regular season and potentially more with a foot injury. This limits what Zac Taylor can do with his team’s offense.
Ross, the record-holder for 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine (4.22), has dealt with a bevy of injuries throughout his first two seasons in the NFL with the Bengals. The former No. 9 overall pick missed his rookie season opener with a knee injury.
That injury lingered; he missed three games before the halfway point of his rookie campaign. Later he was put on the injured reserve list for a shoulder ailment. In 2018, he missed three games due to a strained groin. Now Zac Taylor has to figure out how to handle him.
Ross’ health is paramount to his future in the NFL. Though a former top-ten pick, he has produced little on the field due to his injuries. SportsInjuryPredictor.com flags Ross as a high-risk injury player. The site estimates he has a 58.9% chance of re-injury in 2019 and a projected three games missed.