John Ross Ends Season on IR with Surprise Shoulder Injury

December 7, 2017 | insideinjuries | No Comments

The Bengals placed rookie wide receiver John Ross on IR on Wednesday with a surprise shoulder injury. Ross had reportedly been hiding the injury from the team in hopes of playing through it. It’s not clear when Ross sustained the injury, though it is serious enough to require surgery. He will reportedly undergo surgery next week.

Ross’ rookie season has been a myriad of issues despite the optimism that surrounded him after the draft. Shoulder surgery just after the draft held Ross out through the preseason and he did not make his professional debut until the third preseason game. It’s worth noting that his recent shoulder injury is to the other shoulder. He then suffered a knee injury in the fourth preseason game that held him out of the first game of the regular season. Ross made his regular season debut in Week 2, but fumbled the ball on his first target and sat out for the next six weeks to recover fully from the knee injury. He tried to play again in Weeks 8 and 9, but his lack of effort was obvious. Andy Dalton targeted him in Week 9 but Ross gave up on the route. He was then put back on the bench as a healthy scratch for the next four games.

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis seemed optimistic about Ross playing in Week 14 against the Browns, but that was before he knew about Ross’ shoulder injury. It’s a disappointing end to Ross’ season, but playing through a severe shoulder injury could have caused long term problems for the rookie receiver.

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