Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd says his finger injury is not a common site. He said the bone came through the skin, prompting him to miss nearly all of Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns.
But despite the injury, he was able to practice on a limited basis all week and is feeling “pretty good,” which bodes well for the Bengals ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I left in shock,” Boyd said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ve never really had any serious injuries, thank God, let alone being able to see bones. So, it kind of threw me off. “But at the same time, the adrenaline was flowing. So, it didn’t really hurt or bother me. My only concern was getting back there to help my men. “
Boyd, a seventh-year veteran with 655 receiving yards and four touchdowns, went straight to the locker room and never came back.
According to Boyd, there were no other major injuries or torn ligaments. On Wednesday, Bengals coach Zach Taylor said Boyd was out with the injury to prevent any possible ailment.
Taylor Boyd was listed as day-to-day with a finger injury, which limited him for the first two practices of the week. Cincinnati’s T. Higgins, who played one snap against Cleveland in Week 14, was also limited, with a hamstring strain.
Boyd Higgins’ position in the Browns game made his injury even more serious.
“When I got down there, I felt like I had to stay there even if it was a decoy, but as you can all see, we have good receivers in the room,” Boyd said.
In his absence, Cincinnati’s Trenton Irwin and Trent Taylor filled in and made key plays, helping the Bengals (9-4) snap a five-game losing streak against the Browns and win their fifth straight this season. .
Boyd prepares to face the NFC South-leading Buccaneers (6-7). Cincinnati is looking to sweep that division four games into the season and move atop the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens.
Cincinnati’s top slot receiver knows his injured finger will hurt. But a little extra strength ibuprofen and some good padding should be enough to get him through game day.
“At the end of the day, I can play,” Boyd said. “I can move my leg, I can make it work.”