Cincinnati Bengals Guard Injures Leg

The Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North with a dominant 27-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18, but it may have come at a cost. Right guard Alex Cappa exited with a leg injury and did not return. Cappa had started 15 games this season entering today's game, earning a passable 68.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. He joined the Bengals earlier this year on a four-year, $35 million deal after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included three top-five finishes in points scored and a Super Bowl win following the 2020 season.

Cappa's injury is unfortunate timing for a Bengals team set to host the Ravens yet again in the Wildcard round next week. After a rough start to the season that included 29 sacks allowed to quarterback Joe Burrow in the first eight games, the Bengals' offensive line had gelled of late: entering Week 18, Burrow had only been sacked 10 times in his last seven starts.

Depending on the severity of the injury, Cappa could be the second starter on the offensive line lost in the Bengals' last three games. Right tackle La'el Collins is done for the season after tearing his ACL in the Bengals' Week 16 22-18 win over the New England Patriots.
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