The Cincinnati Bengals placed right tackle Jake Fisher on the non-football injury list Wednesday, ending his season and leaving their struggling offensive line in flux.
Eric Winston was signed, but it’s unclear how much he can play right away after sitting out half the season.
Fisher became ill and was taken to a hospital in Jacksonville during a 23-7 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. He saw a doctor on Tuesday who recommended a procedure that will sideline him the rest of the season. Fisher asked to keep the nature of the problem private.
Marvin Lewis said Fisher’s illness is something that he has been dealing with all season.
“It’s something that the doctors are monitoring very closely,” Lewis said. “[Sunday] they thought they needed to pull him from the game and run some tests, and took him to the hospital to run tests.”
When asked if it was potentially serious, Lewis didn’t seem to think so.
“It’s not as serious as I would think it is, but yet, it took him out of the game.”
Winston, who turns 34 on Nov. 17, is the current NFL Players Association president and has been with four teams since he was taken by the Texans in the third round of the 2006 draft. This is his second stint with the Bengals.
Happy to be back in Cincy! #WhoDey
— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) November 8, 2017
Winston was mostly a backup in his three seasons with the Bengals, although he rotated snaps with Cedric Ogbuehi last season. Winston was re-signed in the offseason to a one-year deal but was released after training camp.
Winston worked out for the Saints earlier this season but was not signed to a contract. He will likely back up both Ogbuehi at left tackle and Andre Smith at right tackle.
The Bengals (3-5) play at Tennessee (5-3) on Sunday.