Billings has fully recovered from last summer's training camp knee injury, Cincinnati.com reports. After falling to the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Billings suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Now back to full strength, the Baylor product will have a chance to compete for a starting job this summer given the recent release of long-time Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.
Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do." Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko an unrestricted free agent.
Billings (knee) has been placed on IR by the Bengals, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Billings suffered a torn meniscus earlier in August resulting in surgery to repair the injury. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick will have to wait a year before seeing his first NFL regular season action.
Billings had surgery to repair a torn mensicus Monday and has been ruled out indefinitely, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Billings was carted out of practice after injuring his knee last Wednesday, and is now in danger of losing his rookie season due to injury. After surprisingly sliding to the fourth round of the draft, Billings seemed a solid investment for the Bengals' defensive front, which is also without Brandon Thompson right now while he recovers from last season's torn ACL.
The Bengals selected Billings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 122nd overall. Billings was a favorite of many draft media, but the NFL simply wasn't that high on him. At 6-foot-1, 311 pounds with good athleticism and elite strength, it's not obvious why Billings fell quite this far, but for the Bengals he in any case looks like a fine bargain this late.