Malone sat out Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints with the injury and continues to work towards a recovery. His absence from the first practice of Week 11 isn't an encouraging sign, but Malone will have two more chances to prove his health in practice before the weekend arrives. If Malone is able to play in the Bengals' matchup with the Ravens this weekend, he could have a role on offense with A.J. Green (toe) looking unlikely to be available.
Malone (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
With A.J. Green (toe) also out, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson figure to lead the Benagls' Week 10 wideout corps, with Cody Core and Auden Tate also in the mix.
It's uncertain if Malone nursed the injury coming into the day and was deliberately limited as a result or if he was forced to exit the session early after suffering the hamstring issue. Either way, the fact that Malone isn't fully healthy at the moment is an unfortunate development, as the Bengals will need all hands on deck at receiver in Week 10 against the Saints with top target A.J. Green (toe) unavailable. If cleared to play Sunday, Malone would likely take on an increased role on offense after being limited to single-digit snaps in five of his seven appearances on the season.
Malone caught one of three targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Panthers.
Malone was on the field for 29 of the Bengals' 65 offensive snaps (45 percent), though his three targets were third-lowest on the team. His lone catch was his first reception of the year, and he doesn't figure to play a significant role in Cincinnati's offense as long as A.J. Green (groin) and Tyler Boyd continue to take up the lion's share of the targets.
Malone (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Malone had shown well in OTAs and training camp prior to tweaking his hamstring, and the wideout's chances of securing a roster spot have further increased following the release of veteran WR Brandon LaFell. The 2017 fifth-rounder seems to have recovered from the minor hamstring injury, and could be active for the Bengals' preseason opener against the Bears.
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