Blidi Wreh-Wilson injured in meaningless preseason game

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only thing we hope for in preseason is to keep our Atlanta Falcons healthy. So
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, so bad. The Falcons are down 24-0 against
the Miami Dolphins, and just saw Blidi Wreh-Wilson leave with an injury. Wilson
went from a confusing signing to a surprisingly effective depth player. The
Falcons will obviously hope the injury is not bad, as it may otherwise force
Isaiah Oliver into playing time before he is ready.Here’s what happened to
Wreh-Wilson, with most agreeing he appeared to injure his shoulder. Tyson Graham
ran into Wreh-Wilson after a tackle, and Wreh-Wilson slowly walked off the
field. A bad case of friendly fire. We are waiting on the official news about
Wreh-Wilson, who will most certainly not return to finish off this meaningless
game. The Falcons will need him back ASAP, as they start off the season Thursday
night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cincinnati Bengals knew that with a
banged-up defense facing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, there was a good
chance they'd have to simply outscore the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday
night.They barely outscored the Chiefs' defense.Andy Dalton was held to 148
yards passing with a touchdown and a pick-6, Joe Mixon managed 50 yards on the
ground and the Cincinnati offense struggled to keep up with the high-flying
Chiefs in what turned into a 45-10 rout finished off by the backups at Arrowhead
Stadium."Yeah, that's a good team. Everybody knows that they've been able to
score points," Dalton said. "When you don't do that on your side of the ball it
can turn into a game like it did."So much for the Chiefs bringing in the NFL's
worst defense.Dalton was only sacked twice but was under constant duress, and
the Bengals' running game — which still has not produced a 100-yard rusher this
season — went absolutely nowhere.Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs
offense piled up 551 yards in a dominant performance."It's on
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," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "The
coaching staff has to do a great job of preparing. The (players) have to
understand and make the adjustments, the execution — we knew that was going to
be a big part of it. Communication, being alert, making the adjustments and so
forth throughout the football game. We did a poor job of that. We've got to
understand that we have opportunities."We had a lot of plays," Lewis said,
"where we've got to do better."Indeed, it's been a miserable couple weeks for
the Bengals (4-3), who were flying high after a shootout win over Atlanta and a
solid win over Miami. Dalton and Co. was rolling on offense and a defense that
had been suspect coming into the season was starting to round into shape.Then
came last week's 28-21 loss in Pittsburgh, when the Bengals picked up a slew of
injuries while watching Ben Roethlisberger find Antonio Brown to give the
Steelers the winning touchdown.That loss was competitive, but deflating.Their
defeat Sunday night? Downright embarrassing.Making it sting even more was the
fact that the Bengals, already without three key players due to injuries,
watched three more playmakers go down. Emotional linebacker Vontaze Burfict
limped off in the third quarter with a hip injury, speedy wide receiver John
Ross went down with a groin injury and tight end Mason Schreck left with a knee
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, center Billy Price and tight end Tyler
Kroft and perhaps it's not so surprising the Bengals only managed 239 yards
total offense against Kansas City.Ron Parker capped the forgettable performance
by reading Dalton's eyes early in the second half, stepping in front of a pass
and taking the interception back for a touchdown. The Chiefs had just scored to
take a 31-7 lead, and the defensive score gave them two TDs in a span of 9
seconds."My guy kind of just stood up and blocked," Parker said, "and I just had
my eyes on the quarterback. I saw him just looking to the right, had my eyes on
him and took me right to the ball."If only Dalton's own targets were so
productive.A.J. Green had seven catches for 117 yards but failed to reach the
end zone, and Tyler Boyd was shut out until the second half after two TD grabs
against the Steelers. Mixon tried to give the offense a bit of balance, but the
Bengals were in such a hole early that they had to air it out.That didn't work.
Nothing really did."It's just one game. We've got another one next week," Dalton
said. "As much as this one sucks, like I said, everything's still right there.
We're in a great position. We've got to go take advantage of it."
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