Bengals receiver Chad Johnson landed awkwardly while trying to make a catch in the first quarter against Detroit
on Sunday night, then left the game to have his left shoulder
Cornerback Brian Kelly hit Johnson as he tried to pull in a pass
from Carson Palmer on the Bengals' first series, jarring the ball
loose. Kelly came up with the interception and an off-balance
Johnson landed on his left side.
The Pro Bowl receiver rolled around on the field in pain for
several seconds, then got up and went to the sideline. Trainers
examined the shoulder on the field before Johnson went to the
locker room for further examination and treatment. He was ruled out
for the rest of the game.
The Bengals already were without Pro Bowl receiver T.J.
Houshmandzadeh, missing his second preseason game with a sore
The Bengals don't have much experience at receiver behind
Johnson and Houshmandzadeh. Rookie Marcus Maxwell started Sunday in Houshmandzadeh's spot. The Bengals released No. 3 receiver Chris
Henry after his latest arrest in the offseason.
Johnson had lobbied for an offseason trade, but the Bengals
refused. He abandoned his threat to sit out the season and reported
to training camp on time, but wasn't able to participate in
practice initially because he was still recovering from surgery to
remove bone spurs from his right ankle. He looked close to full
speed in practice last week.
Missing Johnson would be a huge setback to the Bengals, who also
played without starting running back Rudi Johnson on Sunday. Rudi
Johnson was slowed by a hamstring injuries last season and has
missed the first two preseason games with a sore hamstring.
Chris Perry started at tailback for the Bengals.