The Cincinnati Bengals can't seem to avoid the injury bug along the offensive line, and it continues to bite hard.
After dealing with the devastating loss of 1st round draft choice, Jonah Williams, for the season, the Bengals must suffer the loss of another high-profile offensive lineman. Left guard, Clint Boling decided to hang up his cleats for good.
Boling was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL draft, and has been a long-time starter on the Bengals offensive line. The 8-year veteran started 109 of 111 games he played in, and was one of the few consistent pieces the Bengals had along their line. However, after recent health concerns, Boling decided to call it quits.
This continues the trend of bad luck set in motion by the departure of Andrew Whitworth. Since then, the Bengals have taken some major hits to key offensive lineman - first to Jonah Williams, and now to Clint Boling.
Former 5th round draft choice, Christian Westerman, may be next in line to take Boling's place at left guard.
Despite their better efforts to address their offensive line needs since Whitworth left town, things have not worked out in their favor. Former 2018 1st round center, Billy Price was constantly banged up and played in just 10 games as a rookie.
Head coach, Zac Taylor, isn't sweating the offensive line woes the Bengals have been faced with recently. Here is what he had to say about replacing Jonah Williams and Clint Boling:
“Cordy (Glenn) can move back to left tackle which is where he’s played his whole career. We have a lot of confidence in him there. It’s unfortunate to lose guys in their rookie year. He had high expectations for himself. But we’ll be good. The left guard spot will be a competition in training camp and we’ll be excited to see what happens there. We have a lot of good guys in the mix who we are counting on to step up and do their job.”
Unfortunately, injuries are just part of the game of football, and the Bengals can't afford to just sit and mourn their losses.
With a new head coach in Zac Taylor and with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green returning from injuries, the Bengals could still be a surprise team in 2019 - regardless of the hits they have taken to their offensive line this offseason.