Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase set to miss Steelers game Week 16, may be out longer, with shoulder injury, per report


Ja’Marr Chase’s separated shoulder is expected to keep him sidelined for the Bengals’ upcoming game against the Steelers, according to NFL Media. Chase’s absence could extend beyond Saturday’s big showdown, per the report. 

The Bengals’ two-time Pro Bowl receiver sustained the injury late in this past Saturday’s overtime win over the Vikings. Chase currently has 34 more catches and more than twice as many receiving yards this season as the team’s second-leading receiver, Tyler Boyd. 

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Chase’s absence will certainly hurt the Bengals’ furious run at capturing one of the AFC’s final playoff spots. But Cincinnati does have other weapons on offense that includes fellow wideouts Boyd, Tee Higgins and tight end Tanner Hudson, who has come on strong over the Cincinnati’s three-game winning streak. The Bengals have also received a strong campaign so far from running back Joe Mixon, who has been complemented in the backfield by rookie Chase Brown. 

The Bengals’ recent success also can be attributed to the play of backup quarterback Jake Browning, who has completed 73.6% of his passes since replacing injured starter Joe Burrow in the starting lineup. 

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Cincinnati (8-6) will face a Pittsburgh defense on Saturday that will be without All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who is dealing with a knee injury. The Steelers’ secondary received another blow Monday when fellow safety Damontae Kazee was suspended for the remainder of the season by the NFL for repeated violations of rules designed to protect player safety.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is expected to miss the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a separated shoulder. The injury occurred during the Bengals’ previous game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chase has been a key player for the Bengals this season, leading the team in receptions and receiving yards. His absence will be a blow to the Bengals’ playoff hopes. However, they still have other offensive weapons, including Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and tight end Tanner Hudson. The Bengals have also received strong performances from backup quarterback Jake Browning and running back Joe Mixon. The Steelers’ defense will also be without All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and suspended safety Damontae Kazee.

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