Cincinnati Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson clears concussion protocol, OK to play Saturday

CINCINNATI — The Bengals will have their best passing thrower available for Saturday’s playoff game.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson has successfully passed concussion protocol and will play against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Thursday.

“He’s had those moments before,” Taylor said on a conference call with local reporters. “He’s one of our best players. It’s good to have him.”

Hendrickson left the team’s 26-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Jan. 15 and entered league concussion protocol. He progressed towards his return throughout the week, starting with a limited participation in training on Tuesday and then training fully on Wednesday.

Since signing with the Bengals in the 2021 offseason on a four-year, $60 million deal, Hendrickson has been one of the NFL’s top passing throwers. In the 2021 season, he had 14 sacks, which led the team and is the most in a single season in Bengals history since sacks became an official stat in 1982. the regular season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.

Hendrickson’s return bolsters a defensive line that will always be shorthanded against the top-seeded Titans. Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was placed on season-ending injured reserve earlier in the week. He left victory over Las Vegas with a foot injury and tweeted Thursday that he was operated on successfully.

Saturday’s game against Tennessee is Cincinnati’s first division game since January 1991. The Bengals are looking to make their first appearance in the AFC Championship game since 1988.

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