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Bengals’ Mohamed Sanu needs surgery, could be out for season

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Just as Bengals rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu was emerging as a major presence in Cincinnati’s offense, he may have been lost for the season.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said today that Sanu has a stress fracture in his foot that will require surgery, and that Sanu might not be able to play again until next year.

That’s a bigger blow to the Bengals’ offense than Sanu’s numbers might suggest. Although Sanu has caught only 16 passes this season, the Bengals were increasingly relying on him in recent weeks, especially in the red zone, where he scored four touchdowns in the Bengals’ last three games.

A third-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, Sanu took some time to get going in the Bengals’ passing attack, but has now caught at least two passes in five straight games. The next pass he catches may be in September of 2013.

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15 Responses to “Bengals’ Mohamed Sanu needs surgery, could be out for season”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:53 PM

    yeah thats what they get for ROBBING the raiders on the fumble return TD

    and the clipping phantom call the series before.

    0 superbowls for the bengals, end of story.

    they wont even make the playoffs this year.

    sorry city and even sorrier state.

  2. jbl429 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:02 PM

    That’s a shame. This kid can play, and it was just a matter of time before he and AJ Green became a dangerous duo.

  3. asw1028 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:04 PM

    I loved Sanu at Rutgers, I expected him to be a first round pick and I screamed at my TV as he sat on the board and my Eagles passed him over round after round. I hope he recovers quickly because he has every tool needed to be a major player in this league.

    Also, is it possible that Greg Schiano, Sanu’s college coach, knew something was wrong with his foot and that’s why he didn’t draft him this year?

  4. jwil007 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:14 PM

    Nati Fans will miss him but Baby Hawkins and Marvin Jones return…We shouldnt miss a beat in the slot and then we have Ryan Whalen who probably runs the best routes on the team….Slide Hawk and Whalen in there let them run the same routes and we wont miss a beat! You will see on Sunday in SD….

  5. jwreck says: Nov 30, 2012 1:15 PM

    And just when everybody in America picked him up in all of their fantasy leagues.

  6. nitro276 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    asw1028….I agree….I was mad that Eagles passed on him too!

    I had the pleasure of watching him play QB and DB at South Brunswick High School in NJ. Back then, there was Sanu, and then everybody else on the field. He is a class act to boot.

    He became a receiver at Rutgers after being recruited as a DB. At the NFL level, he is not the fastest, but if you throw it to him, he will catch it, making him very valuable.

    Best wishes Mohamed on a speedy recovery!

  7. basballguy says: Nov 30, 2012 1:24 PM

    mjbulls45 needs a hug.

  8. bengalsucker says: Nov 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 12:53 PM
    yeah thats what they get for ROBBING the raiders on the fumble return TD
    and the clipping phantom call the series before.
    0 superbowls for the bengals, end of story.
    they wont even make the playoffs this year.
    sorry city and even sorrier state.

    —————

    Awww you need some cheese with that whine? You blame the Bengals for those? How about hate the refs for that? Maybe if your offense would have shown up in the first half, those two issues wouldn’t have had such a big impact on the game? Or is it too much to ask that Palmer be an effective QB? lol If you’re a Raider fan, you absolutely should not be blasting our city and state. Maybe take a look at that joke you consider a home.

  9. illogic87 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    Just watched him in an extremely awkward interview on nfl fantasy live yesterday. hope he recovers quickly!

  10. scchamil says: Nov 30, 2012 2:04 PM

    jwill007 – I like your attitude and I hope you’re right… but I think this is a bigger loss than it seems. Sanu was becoming a real force and even before injury baby hawk’s production was limited once teams started paying attention to him. Sanu’s size also made him a reliable red zone threat. They were using him as a running back (he was also the focus of any wildcat package) and when teams overcommitted to stopping AJ in the red zone (Raiders almost always had two guys on him out wide) – he was really the x factor in making sure that strategy didn’t work. Getting a little tired of this with our WR corps. Last time a promising young WR went under the knife (Shipley) – he never really came back. Bengals needed all hands on deck and this is a big blow for a team hoping to make a playoff run.

  11. samoanjungle says: Nov 30, 2012 2:40 PM

    There goes our Wildcat Offense. He was a heck of a blocker for a WR too. The guy could do everything, even threw a long TD pass to AJ Green.

  12. Cereal says: Nov 30, 2012 2:47 PM

    He’s a very good looking young WR,,,,Cinci is going to be no joke the next 5 seasons if they can protect Opie Dalton

  13. whatnojets says: Nov 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    Rex Ryan is delirious!

  14. tralfaz1127 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:47 PM

    Time for Gresham to be a red zone force. Baby Hawk is explosive, and Marvin Jones was slated to start opposite AJ in the stillers game until he got hurt on the opening kick off.
    Team’s finally playing up to their potential. All comes down to the “Ginger Ninja” and the D-Line dominating the opposing backfield. Back to back playoffs…..finally.

  15. bonniebengal says: Dec 1, 2012 10:13 AM

    scchamil: I think you are right. This is a huge loss. Hawkins, Binns, Tate–none of them were getting open much even with AJ double covered. Sanu came on and was the answer. Now all we can hope is that Jones fills his shoes and that Marvin doesn’t go back to starting Binns.

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