Andy Dalton will be missing one of his top targets for the foreseeable future.
Third-year wideout Marvin Jones will be on the shelf for "a few weeks" while he recovers from a foot injury, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis revealed, via the team's official website. Jones had a pin inserted into the fifth metatarsal.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, per a team source, that the Bengals hope Jones will be healthy after the team's Week 4 bye, and good to go for the Oct. 5 Sunday night showdown against the New England Patriots.
He's not eligible for the physically unable to perform list because he began camp on PUP with an ankle injury and returned to practice. It's unclear when and how he suffered the injury (and what exactly the injury is), but a pin isn't a great sign.
Jones emerged down the stretch last season for the Bengals, wowing with his impressive blend of size, speed and an ability to make tough grabs. The Making the Leap candidate was often employed on reverses, grabbing 65 yards on eight carries last season. In Jones' place, Mohamed Sanu will start next to A.J. Green.
Armed with a hefty new contract, Dalton is being counted on more than ever. A make-or-break campaign just got a whole lot tougher for The Red Rifle.