During Thursday's practice, Cincinnati Bengals' emerging WR Mohamed Sanu fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis could not confirm when Sanu would officially be placed on the IR but said that nothing would happen before his surgery on Monday according to Geoff Hobson, Editor of Bengals.com
Said Lewis, "It's unfortunate for Mo and for us. But we will pick it up and move forward."
The Bengals have a plethora of young receivers to choose from to take Sanu's spot on the depth chart, including Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns. However, Sanu's productivity and efficiency in the red zone won't be easily replaced.
Sanu scored four touchdowns in the last three weeks for the surging Bengals. He has provided teammate and NFL receiving touchdown leader A.J. Green some much-needed relief in the red zone. Defenses have keyed on Green, allowing Sanu to utilize his quickness and exceptional hands in tight spaces.
Hawkins will replace Sanu in the slot position, the same position that he held before sustaining a knee injury in practice three weeks ago. He is more than capable of doing the job, hauling in three touchdown passes on the year. Meanwhile, Jones will take more snaps at the outside receiver position.
Sanu brought an element to the Bengals offense that added another dimension to Andy Dalton's arsenal. With TE Jermaine Gresham playing well against linebackers and safeties, the slot receiver position is key for the Bengals offense to maintain its potency.
As the Bengals approach the postseason, their depth and resolve could be the determining factor as to whether or not they make the playoffs.