Update on Auden Tate’s injury status

Former Florida State star Auden Tate has developed into one of the few bright spots for the winless Cincinnati Bengals in 2019. In his second year in the NFL, Tate has caught 34 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown in nine games. He has taken on a larger role with the Bengals ever since AJ Green’s injury and he hasn’t disappointed.

Unfortunately, Tate suffered a scary injury on Sunday while attempting to catch a pass. As he fell towards the ground, an Oakland defender tried to make the tackle and hit Tate directly in the upper back/neck area. He stayed down on the field before being carted off. It was a tough play to watch.

Thankfully, there has been good news so far. Tate was healthy enough to fly back with the team to Cincinnatti last night and after undergoing tests on Monday, head coach Zac Taylor announced that the wide receiver had been placed in the concussion protocol with a cervical strain. By all accounts, it sounds like Tate avoided a major injury. There’s no current timeline for his return but the Bengals also don’t have any reason to rush him back. Yesterday, they became the first NFL team to officially be eliminated from playoff contention.

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