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The Cincinnati Bengals already knew they’d possible be with out cornerback Trae Waynes for an prolonged time period, and on Monday they made that official as they positioned their huge free-agent signing on Injured Reserve. The Bengals announced the move at the side of the re-signing of cornerback Torry McTyer, who will take Waynes’ place on the lively roster. 

Waynes was initially delayed in getting on board with Cincinnati as a result of he couldn’t take a bodily immediately after signing his three-year, $42 million contract. As soon as he lastly did take the bodily and make issues formally official, he sustained a pectoral harm early in camp. 

As our Patrik Walker wrote on the time of the harm: 

This time it is a pectoral harm suffered following stated bodily, and one Waynes will reportedly search a second opinion on — per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network — nevertheless it’s an harm that might find yourself costing him vital time in 2020. To be particular, relying upon the end result of the added have a look at the harm, the 28-year-old would possibly miss as much as two months, which might be an enormous blow to the defensive plans this season in Cincinnati, contemplating they signed Waynes to be a cornerstone piece of that unit.

The previous first-round choose performed 5 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings earlier than taking his skills to the Bengals in March, however with information of a presumably extreme pectoral harm, his debut with the membership could not arrive till late September or early October. 

With out Waynes, the Bengals must lean on McTyer, incumbent starter William Jackson III, Waynes’ former Vikings teammate Mackensie Alexander, 2018 fifth-round choose Darius Phillips, and LeShaun Sims, who was signed away from the Titans this offseason. It is a group that does not look fairly as robust with out Waynes in there, as he was anticipated to be the starter reverse Jackson. 

It is a significantly robust break for the Bengals as a result of they face the eighth-toughest schedule of opposing move offenses this season, in line with Sharp Soccer Stats. His absence will solely put extra strain on Joe Burrow and the offense to be the unit that wins video games for Cincinnati this season. 

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