Jaguars S Andre Cisco suffers shoulder injury vs. Bengals, questionable to return

• The Jaguars and Bengals are tied 7-7 on MNF (Update, they're now 14-14 heading into halftime)

• Already, the Jags have lost two players to injuries

• First it was Christian Kirk, now it's Andre Cisco

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco (5) is introduced before an NFL football matchup Sunday,
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco (5) is introduced before an NFL football matchup Sunday, / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

The Jacksonville Jaguars already lost wide receiver Christian Kirk early on their Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They could also be without safety Andre Cisco, who suffered a shoulder injury on Cincy's third drive of the game. Both Kirk and Cisco are questionable to return.

Update: Cisco is back on the field for the Bengals fourth possession

The Bengals are hitting their stride. After turning the ball over on downs, and punting on their first two offensive drives, they scored on their third possession, not long after Andre Cisco left the field. Running back Joe Mixon capped a 92-yard drive that lasted eight plays with a six-yard touchdown run. While the Jags struck back and made it 14-7 thanks to a touchdown by tight end Evan Engram, Cincy has done a better job of moving the ball.

Quarterback Jake Browing was throwing dink-and-dunk passes early on but he's had longer completions on the last two drives, taking his yard-per-attempt from 5.8 yards per attempt to 9.9, going 14-of-15 for 148 yards.

Heading into halftime, the Jaguars have generated 137 yards on offense and moved the chains nine times. The've gone 1-of-3 on third downs and allowed Cincinnati to go 2-of-4 in such downs.

Cisco, a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, barely got playing time as a rookie. However, injuries pressed him into action late in the season, making three starts and showcasing the talent that made him a star at Syracuse.

With a new regime in place, Cisco was given the starting nod next to Rayshan Jenkins in 2022. He was a Day 1 starter in his second season and went on to register three interceptions and three passes defensed. This season, Cisco has already tied his interception totals.

While the Jaguars had early control fo the game, the game is now tied 14-14. Jake Browing has played surprisingly well and the Jags' defense has a bit of trouble containing him and Joe Mixon. Similarly, the Jacksonville offense has cooled down since their first possession.

If they want to avoid falling behind, they need to be more efficient on third downs, and the defense must force a few stops and create takeaways.

All things considered, this has been closer than originally expected. That said, the Jags must quickly re-gain control of the game before it gets out of control.

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