Boyd said Tuesday that he expects to be fully recovered from the sprained MCL in his right knee in about two weeks, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Boyd sustained the injury Week 15 against the Raiders and missed the Bengals' final two games of 2018 as a result. Despite the premature end to his campaign, Boyd still represented one of the few bright spots for the Bengals after amassing 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven scores across 14 games. He shouldn't face any limitations during OTAs and should reprise his role as the Bengals' clear No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green (foot) in 2019.
Boyd's placement on IR is presumably not indicative of any setbacks with his MCL injury. Rather, he simply wasn't going to play Sunday against the Steelers and the move has allowed the Bengals to promote fellow wide receiver Hunter Sharp from their practice squad. Prior to suffering his injury, the 2016 second-rounder enjoyed a breakout campaign, hauling in 76 of his 108 targets for 1,028 yards and seven TDs in 14 games. Looking ahead to next season, the Bengals' 2019 wideout corps is slated to be headed by A.J. Green (foot) and Boyd, with speedy John Ross a candidate to carve out a larger role in the Cincinnati offense in his third NFL season.
Boyd (knee) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Boyd has followed up an absence in the Week 16 loss to the Browns with no activity in practices Wednesday and Thursday. At this point, his chances of making it back for Sunday's season finale against the Steelers appear remote, but the Bengals will likely wait and see what he's able to do (or not do) at Friday's practice before making a ruling on his status.
With the Bengals sitting at 6-9 and removed from playoff contention, there might not be much upside in bringing Boyd back for Sunday's season finale against the Steelers. If he fails to get back on the practice field the next two days and is ruled out for a second straight game, John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson would head the Bengals' depleted receiver corps in Week 17.
Boyd (knee) won't play Sunday against the Browns, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
As a result, look for John Ross (knee) to head the Bengals' wideout corps in Week 16, with Cody Core and Alex Erickson also having an opportunity to be factors in a Cincinnati passing game that will be minus Boyd, as well as both A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert, who both reside on IR.
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