The Cincinnati Bengals hoped to get a contribution from fourth round rookie DT Andrew Billings this year. That likely won't be the case, as Billings has undergone knee surgery.
Bengals rookie DT Andrew Billings underwent knee surgery today for torn meniscus and is out indefinitely, if not for season, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2016
Billings, a potential first round pick, slipped to the fourth round this year. The Bengals hoped he would backup Domata Peko this year and eventually take over as the starter. The injury is a tough break for both Billings and the Bengals.
A torn meniscus is exactly what Chargers WR Stevie Johnson suffered earlier this offseason and it cost him the entire season. Best case for the Bengals, Billings is placed on the injured reserve designated to return list and joins the team later in the year.
Billings slipped in the draft, because NFL teams were worried about his lack of height and viewed him as a two-down DT. However, he's an ideal fit next to Geno Atkins in the Bengals' defense.Back to the Cincinnati Bengals Newsfeed