Ja’Marr Chase says he didn’t play Bengals-Titans as a precaution

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals star collector Ja’Marr Chase announced that he did not play against the Tennessee Titans last weekend as a precaution.

In his first public comment since his hip injury, Chase told Bengals coach Zac Taylor that he didn’t want to play in the Tennessee victory last Sunday because he didn’t feel comfortable coming back from injury so soon.

“If I had the chance, I wanted to give myself another week to prepare for the next game,” Chase said on Wednesday.

Chase said he felt great and was not in pain as the Bengals began working out for their upcoming showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game.

Chase also detailed the injury he received in October, saying he overextended his right leg during Cincinnati’s Week 6 victory in New Orleans. He played for the rest of the competition, including the game-winning 60-yard field goal in the Bengals’ 30-26 win.

The following Wednesday, Chase said he told the Bengals’ training team that he was having trouble moving. By the end of the week, he felt better and played in Cincinnati’s Week 7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, appearing to have exacerbated his injury just before halftime. He also finished the game and threw eight catches and two touchdowns for 130 yards.

Later, Chase requested another consultation and said he had been diagnosed with a minor hip fracture.

“That’s why I got the second opinion—exactly the reason it came from the Falcon game,” Chase said.

Chase missed four games due to injury and said he is expected to have a light training load for the second week in a row. He was limited in each of Cincinnati’s Week 12 practice sessions prior to the game against the Titans.

Chase said his career outlook was the primary reason he decided to wait an extra week to return.

“I didn’t know if it was too early or too fast, so I told[Taylor]I wanted to worry about the long term,” Chase said, adding that staff and trainers agreed with Chase about handling the situation. everything fits.

In his first NFL season, Chase broke the Bengals’ franchise record by breaking the field record in a single game (266) and a single season (1,455) – just two of the accolades he’ll feature on his resume when he’s available for a contract. extension in 2024.

Taylor said it’s hard to predict whether Chase will fully engage in any workouts during the week.

“We will do our best for him and us to be comfortable,” Taylor said.

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