Bengals vs. Jaguars Injury Update: Wide Receiver Christian Kirk Leaves the Game With Groin Injury, Questionable

Published 12/04/2023, 9:19 PM EST

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk exited the NFL week 13 Monday night football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Stadium in the first quarter due to a groin injury. The franchise stated that Kirk’s return to the game is uncertain.

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The injury occurred after a 26-yard reception from QB Trevor Lawrence on the Jaguars’ initial offensive play but went down without making contact. After the injury, Kirk needed assistance leaving the field.

The impact without Christian Kirk in the game!

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On the first play of the game in Week 13, Christian Kirk made a 26-yard gain, but he went down untouched after catching the pass from Trevor Lawrence. Kirk stayed on the ground, holding his groin area in pain, and seemed to land hard on his hip. Trainers attended to him, and he soon was seen leaving for the locker room. Now, the news has come that his injury is serious and his arrival is under question.

If Christian Kirk is out for an extended time, it would be a big setback for the Jaguars’ offense. Kirk has been a key player, leading the team with “56 receptions for 761 yards in the first 12 weeks.” He has also consistently made big plays, with a reception for at least 20 yards in 11 back-to-back games.

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Although the team was missing Zay Jones for a while, they recently welcomed him back to the lineup. Now the question arises, who is on the page to save Jags after Kirk?

Who replaced Christian Kirk after his injury?

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Although his usual backup, Jamal Agnew, would typically replace Christian Kirk, he is also out due to injury, like many other players. Therefore, this time, Kirk was immediately replaced by rookie wide receiver Parker Washington.

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If Kirk is out for an extended period, it would be a significant setback for the Jags. Kirk is currently the team leader in both receiving yards and pass targets. Without him, the Jaguars are likely to rely more on tight end Evan Engram and wideout Calvin Ridley to fill the void in the passing game. Meanwhile, CB Tre Herndon has also been ruled out from the game due to concussion.

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In the matchup, the Bengals and Jaguars were tied 14-14 at halftime, and later via OT finals, the Bengals secured a 34-31 victory on Monday.

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