After losing their No. 1 WR to a concussion, the Bengals will be without their No. 1 TE for the playoff game against the Colts.
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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without star TE Jermaine Gresham for the Wildcard playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals two-time Pro Bowl tight end and third leading receiver has been ruled out with a back injury he suffered in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gresham was initially labeled as questionable for the playoff game – and the injury came at an even worse time. Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green was also ruled out because of a concussion, leaving Bengals QB Andy Dalton without two of his three best receivers from the regular season.
The Bengals have been one-and-done in three straight playoff appearances and are 0-5 in the playoffs under head coach Marvin Lewis. Without their star receivers, the Bengals will likely struggle to keep pace with the Indianapolis Colts’ high-octane passing offense led by QB Andrew Luck.
Gresham made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012, catching 120 passes for 1,333 yards and 11 TDs in the span. In 2014 he recorded 62 catches for 460 yards and a career high 4.1 catches/game.