The Cincinnati Bengals Rule Out Two OL
The Cincinnati Bengals came out of the Wild Card round beat up. The Bengals announced Monday that left tackle Jonah Williams was week-to-week with a dislocated kneecap. There was hope among the Bengals fanbase that he could play against the Bills as Williams suffered the same injury in Week 5 and returned the following week. However, that will not be the case for Sunday,
According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the Bengals ruled out Jonah Williams. They also ruled out starting right guard Alex Cappa for Sunday. Cappa is suffering an ankle injury and is also considered week-to-week.
Bengals ruled out LT Jonah Williams and RG Alex Cappa for Sunday’s Divisional Playoff vs. the Bills.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2023
The Bills’ defense will try to take advantage of an inexperienced offensive line Sunday. The most important position on the offensive line, the left tackle spot, is projected to see Jackson Carman start, according to the depth chart on Our Lads. Per GH Media files, Carman has only played four snaps all season.
Max Scharping is listed as the backup right guard. According to Pro Football Focus, Scharping earned a 60.5 overall grade for his 30 snaps of offense this season. He was used in 24 run snaps and just six passing snaps. The 2019 second-round pick by the Houston Texans has two penalties in those 30 snaps. In his first year with the Bengals, Scharping has a 16.1 overall pass-blocking grade.
The Bengals will have to hope Carman and Scharping were able to gel with the offensive line this week in practice. Otherwise, quarterback Joe Burrow could find himself dodging defenders in an offense that needs the passing game to be effective.
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