Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • Tennis

Bengals lose 3 starters in first 5 minutes of preseason opener; Wharton gone for year

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Wharton's season might have ended three plays into the first preseason game. (US Presswire)

The first quarter of their first preseason game of the 2012 season has not been kind to the Bengals. In fact, coach Marvin Lewis might want to get his second-stringers in the game against the Jets very soon. Like, right now.

Less than five minutes into the game, guard Travelle Wharton, linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive end Carlos Dunlap were injured on separate plays and had to be helped off the field.

On the third play for the offense, Wharton went down, and though he walked to the cart, he still had to be driven off the field. He suffered a right knee injury, and he's out for the night. Then, when the Bengals went on defense, Maualuga and Dunlap went down with right knee injuries (both are doubtful to return to the game).

Luckily for all -- and we don't mind beating this joke into the ground -- punt protector Tim Tebow is in attendance, and surely after the game, he'll help heal whatever injuries have been suffered.

UPDATED (8:58 p.m. ET): According to's Jason La Canfora, Dunlap's injury appears to be a sprained knee and is not considered serious.

UPDATED (Aug. 11, 1:00 p.m. ET): Marvin Lewis told reporters Saturday that it appears Wharton's injury is a season-ender. That means Clint Boling will be moved into the starting left guard spot.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, and subscribe to our Pick-6 Podcast and NFL newsletter. You can follow Josh Katzowitz on Twitter here: @joshkatzowitz.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking

nfl Video

September 23, 2014
Quarterback turmoil in the NFL (3:40)
1 September 23, 2014
La Canfora on Steve Bisciotti
2 September 23, 2014
Boomer & Carton recap Bears-Jets
3 September 23, 2014
Jay Cutler on win over Jets


Most Popular Shop

Mens Baltimore Orioles Majestic Charcoal 2014 AL East Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

MLB Division Champs Gear
Get your team today
Shop Now