Returning to the Cincinnati Bengals on the October 30, 2012, Adam “Pacman” Jones has played a vital role in the defense, starting in all 18 games since his return from a neck injury he sustained against the New England Patriots in 2010. 68 tackles and 15 passes defended in those 18 games is a solid showing for any cornerback, and apart from a hiccup here and there — such as the touchdown scored by Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson against him in the 2011 wild card playoff game — he’s been solid.
Unfortunately, everyone’s run of good fortune has to come to an end eventually. Fighting for a spot on top of the the cornerback depth chart against Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick during the offseason, it’s quite necessary that Jones can stay healthy; it’s not looking good for him at the moment. Yesterday during OTAs while trying to defend a pass to Marvin Jones from quarterback Andy Dalton, Jones tweaked his calf and did not return to practice. He did not return today, and it’s likely that he won’t return tomorrow either.
The next question is will he return for the remainder of the OTAs. The dates of those are as follows: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7. With the Bengals only calling his injury a ‘tweak’, if he were to miss out on two more weeks it would mean that there is a more serious underlying issue. That would give the team a cause for concern, especially since the Bengals decided to pass up on some later round cornerbacks such as the Honey Badger himself – Tyrann Mathieu.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. You can follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88