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Marvin Jones Injury: Updates on Bengals WR's Foot and Return
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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

ESPN's Coley Harvey confirms Marvin Jones' status for Week 3:

 

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com confirms Marvin Jones' status for Week 2:

BENGALS INACTIVES
WR 82 - Marvin Jones 
RB 33 - Rex Burkhead 
LB 56 - Sean Porter 
DE 93 - Will Clarke 
OL 60 - T.J. Johnson 
OT 77 - Tanner Hawkinson

 

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

The Bengals confirmed Marvin Jones will not play in Week 1:

 

Updates from Friday, Sept. 5

Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest on Jones' status:

 

Updates from Tuesday, August 12

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com provides the latest on Marvin Jones' injury:

Albert Breer of NFL.com previously reported a timetable for his return:

 

Original Text

A foot injury will sideline Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones for the next several weeks, putting his status for the start of the 2014 NFL regular season in question.

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson offered the latest updates on Jones' condition on Monday along with analysis as to how Cincinnati will handle him depending on how his recovery goes:

Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo believes Jones may be out of action for longer than initial estimates suggest, as does Bleacher Report injury expert Will Carroll:

Jones was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft but took a big step in his second season as a pro last year, proving to be a fully capable No. 2 wide receiver opposite superstar A.J. Green. Playing in all 16 games, Jones had 51 receptions for 712 yards and an impressive 10 touchdowns.

Since Cincinnati is installing a new offense under play-caller Hue Jackson, it would be ideal for Jones to be on the field as much as possible. Now that he will at least miss the rest of the preseason, the onus is on his draft classmate Mohamed Sanu to step up.

NFL Network's Albert Breer alluded to that in his take on Jones' ailment:

Jackson likes what he's seen from Sanu so far.

"I can't talk about Marvin because he's not here," said Jackson, per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey. "I know what Mo Sanu's doing and he's playing his tail off. The sky's the limit for him."

But the Bengals also have two capable pass-catching tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, the latter of whom Football Outsiders' Cian Fahey believes could be in line for a larger role:

Whatever adjustments need to be made, much of the burden of expectations will fall on quarterback Andy Dalton. Entering his fourth year, the former TCU star has led the Bengals to the postseason in each of his three years under center yet has performed woefully in the playoffs, accruing a 0-3 record with just one TD to six interceptions.

That didn't stop the Bengals from inking Dalton to a lucrative, six-year contract extension worth a reported $115 million this offseason. Now, it's on him to carry Cincinnati from a playoff also-ran to legitimate Super Bowl contender.

What helps absorb the blow of Jones' loss is that Jackson likes to emphasize the running game. With the likes of explosive rookie Jeremy Hill and the versatile Giovani Bernard in the backfield, the Bengals should have enough weapons to get by without Jones for the time being.

Provided Dalton performs like a franchise quarterback, that is.

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