Tate (shoulder) is expected to require 4-to-6 months of recovery time after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The estimated timeline could make it difficult for Tate to gain clearance for OTAs, but he should be back to 100 percent by the time training camp gets underway in July or August. Before suffering the season-ending injury, Tate had been serving as the Bengals' No. 4 receiver. He wraps up his third NFL campaign with 14 receptions for 150 yards and no touchdowns over nine appearances.
Tate (shoulder), who was placed on injured reserve earlier Wednesday, will miss the remainder of the season, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Tate had been playing with a shoulder injury for several weeks before the Bengals shut him down. Per the report, the Bengals' No. 4 wideout needs surgery to address the issue, but he should be back to full strength for the start of the 2021 campaign. Tate's 2020 season ends with him logging 14 catches for 150 yards in nine games.
The Bengals placed Tate (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday. With Tate now slated to miss at least three games, the Bengals wideout corps will continue to be headed by Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green. Mike Thomas (hamstring) is the top candidate to replace Tate as the team's No. 4 receiver.
Tate did not bring either of his two targets over 10 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Giants. The memory of Tate's seven-catch game against the Titans fades further from our mind's eye with three successive duds since then. He's unlikely to provide much more of a spark with Brandon Allen at the helm at QB the rest of the 2020 season.
Tate was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It appears as if Tate, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, was merely listed with the designation due to close contact with an infected person. Expect the depth wideout to maintain his role in Sunday's matchup against the Giants.
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