The Cincinnati Bengals, who looked over the past two weeks to be getting back to their Super Bowl form, received crushing injury news on Thursday.
They will be without their top wide receiver for the next month or so.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Ja'Marr Chase will miss the next four to six weeks due to a hip injury. Chase is still gathering information about his injury, but he could be placed on injured reserve, which would sideline him for at least four games.
"Bengals’ WR Ja’Marr Chase is dealing with a hip injury that is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks and makes him a prime candidate for injured reserve, per sources. Chase visited with a hip specialist Wednesday and is seeking more answers about his injury." -- Adam Schefter
Chase, the No. 3 overall pick out of LSU in 2021, first suffered the injury during the Bengals' Week Six win over the New Orleans Saints, according to Schefter. He then aggravated it in Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The timing is brutal, as the Bengals offense as a whole and Chase in particular had found their groove recently.
Chase caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints, then followed that up with eight grabs for 130 yards and two scores against the Falcons.
The Bengals scored 30 or more points in both matchups, their first time hitting that mark all season.
The good news for the Bengals is that it looks like Chase will be back on the field for the stretch run of the season. Plus, the team has a couple other solid weapons in the passing game in wideouts Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd and tight end Hayden Hurst.
The Bengals will face the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football this week. Their next four opponents are the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
If Chase is only sidelined for four games, he could return just in time for that AFC Championship Game rematch.