Bengals G Wharton hurts knee, leaves on cart

Left guard Travelle Wharton hurt his right knee during

Cincinnati’s opening series and left the field on a cart, the start

of a series of injuries to Bengals starters.

Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive end Carlos Dunlap

also left the field with injured right knees during the following

series, costing the Bengals three of their starters in the opening

5 minutes of a preseason game against the New York Jets.

Wharton appeared to be the most seriously injured. He went down

while pass blocking on the Bengals’ third play, rolled over in pain

and stayed down for several minutes while trainers moved his leg to

check his knee. They called for a cart to take him from the field

for tests.

Wharton signed as a free agent last March after spending eight

seasons with Carolina. Clint Boling replaced him.

On New York’s next play, Maualuga hurt his right knee and needed

help to get off the field, wrapping his arms around two trainers

while walking gingerly to the sideline. Later in that series,

Dunlap hurt his right knee and stayed down on the field, removing

his helmet while trainers jogged to him.

Dunlap eventually walked off slowly with assistance. He had 9

1/2 sacks as a rookie in 2010, but was limited by injuries last

year and had only 4 1/2 sacks.

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