Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase Won't Be Placed on IR After Suffering Hip Injury

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 27, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase will be sidelined for approximately four to six weeks with a hip injury, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Head coach Zac Taylor told reporters Saturday his star wideout won't be placed on injured reserve. A move to IR would have kept Chase out for a minimum of four weeks.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury in an Oct. 16 win over the New Orleans Saints and reaggravated it in last weekend's victory over the Atlanta Falcons, per Schefter.

The fifth pick in the 2021 draft, Chase put together a monster sophomore season at LSU with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 games before opting to sit out the 2020 campaign. He tallied 1,455 yards and 13 scores in an impressive season that earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

He's added 47 receptions for 605 yards and six TDs in seven games in 2022.

The Louisiana native didn't miss any time with the Tigers because of injury. His last notable setback came in 2017 during his time at Archbishop Rummel High School when he suffered a knee injury late in his senior season.

Cincinnati's receiver depth will be challenged with Chase out, which would create an opening in three-wide sets alongside Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Mike Thomas will likely get the first shot to fill the void, but Trent Taylor could also see more snaps.