More details about John Ross' rookie season were revealed this morning, and explain part of the confusion yesterday when Marvin Lewis said he was optimistic that Ross would play this week, and then hours later, Ross was placed on Reserve Injured.
Apparently the rookie had been hiding a new shoulder injury with the hope of playing it.
Asked Marvin Lewis about the rookie shoulder of WR John Ross at @ SiriusXMNFL and said he is the "other shoulder" "and that Ross had been hiding an injury waiting to play before finally" getting clean " "with the team."
̵1; Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) December 7, 2017
Obviously it's disappointing that Ross's season comes to an end like this, he's had injuries since he was selected by The Bengals, a shoulder injury, kept him out of training camp and did not make his debut until the third preseason game, then suffered a knee injury in the last preseason game that kept him out of Week 1. Ross played in Week 2, but he was really sitting down after losing the ball in his first NFL touch, then sat down to try to fully heal from that knee injury.Ross played some plays against the Colts and the Jaguars during weeks 8 and 9, but after a poor communication with Andy Dalton against Jacksonville he was again sent to the bench. It has been a healthy scratch for every game since then.
This week's game against the Browns was apparently going to be when we could finally see Ross in action with the season slowly disappearing, but the receiver's injury was finally revealed on Wednesday since he did not practice and was then placed on IR . This, however, is not as uncommon in a practice as Ross Tucker notes the players with a label prone to injury.
By the way, based on the reaction it seems that people do not realize that this is not so unusual. Young boy with "injury-prone" label trying to fight through the injury and prove his worth.
– Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) December 7, 2017
Now we do not necessarily know when he suffered this new shoulder injury, but it does not seem common to hide an injury that would put him on IR for a long time weather. However, if it did not happen in practice, at least it would have happened in week 9, so it would have been a long time to hide this. The injury is so severe that it will require surgery, which will reportedly occur next week.
It's really quite poetic that this happens during this infamous season. The fans came with such enthusiasm for this year's Bengals, and Ross was a big part of that. I remember imagining how open Ross could be in one coverage all day. Now, that enthusiasm is a thing of the past for this season. Like many other things that we were optimistic about with the Bengals, nothing materialized.
Ross will end his rookie season with a carry for 12 yards and a fumble lost.
Still, I would not throw the bust label on Ross yet. It is clear that this coaching staff has not obtained the best of its players, so the notion that a new coach can start Ross is not so far fetched. The injuries are worrisome, but I hope that Ross has learned from this experience and will be a better player and a better person for it.
The next season could be very different from this year. For Ross, we'll have to wait for that to be the case. He could be the key to this offense returning to a respectable form. There's talent all over the Bengals' roster, but if Ross can not reach that ninth overall state, then the Bengals could have trouble moving on.