La’el Collins injury: Bengals RT dislocated his kneecap in the fight against the Patriots

UPDATE 2

After the Bengals’ scorigami win over the Patriots, right tackle La’el Collins revealed his injury was a dislocated kneecap, which was eventually returned to position.

Collins believes if he misses the time, it will just be Monday night’s Week 17 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Ironically, Jonah Williams suffered the same injury in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens and actually returned to play in the same game.

More tests are being conducted to see if there is any further damage, but it appears Collins’ season is not over yet.

Meanwhile, expect Hakeem Adeniji to be the Bengals’ right starting tackle until Collins is healthy enough to play again.


TO UPDATE

According to Kelsey Conway, reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, for now it looks like La’el Collins has avoided a cruciate ligament rupture.


The Cincinnati Bengals will be without La’el Collins for the remainder of their game against the New England Patriots. The freshman Bengal had his leg rolled up by a defender and coaches were immediately called onto the field by players from both sides.

While he was initially able to leave the field with the help of two coaches, he was later carted from the medical tent into the changing room.

Now the Bengals have ruled him out of the game due to a left leg injury.

Collins is replaced in the right tackle by Hakeem Adeniji, who has played a handful of snaps in every game as the sixth offensive lineman. He also sparingly replaced Collins during the season.

This starting offensive line unit had the most snaps of any unit in the NFL, but we’ll have to see if this disruption has a serious impact on the continuity they’ve had.

We’ll update this story as more details become available.

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