Cincinnati Bengals rookie defensive tackle Andrew Billings could miss his entire rookie season.
The fourth-round pick underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Billings is out indefinitely and could miss the entire season, Schefter reports.
The 6-foot-1, 311 pound nose tackle recorded 39 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks during his junior season at Baylor. He was expected to play a role along an already impressive defensive line.
Cincinnati’s 2016 draft class had already taken a hit. First-round pick William Jackson III also might miss the entire season with a torn pectoral muscle. The cornerback suffered the injury two weeks ago during training camp.
This is brutal news for the Bengals, who are looking to add youth to a defense that ranked 11th in the NFL in total defense and second in scoring defense. The hope is that at least one of these rookies can return before season’s end, but that appears unlikely.