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
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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