DB Trae Waynes out vs. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes, expected to start at cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals, will miss their season-opener Sunday against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Zac Taylor announced Monday. Waynes injured his hamstring in practice prior to the Bengals' final preseason game.

Since Waynes arrived in Cincinnati after the team signed him to a three-year deal worth $42 million in March of 2020, injuries have hampered his ability to get on the field during the regular season. Waynes missed the entire 2020 season with a torn pectora muscle. The veteran cornerback and the Bengals were looking forward to seeing a healthy Waynes on the outside locking down opponents' top wide receivers this year. Cincinnati will start the season without his services for a second consecutive year.

Waynes has yet to practice since suffering the hamstring injury. Taylor declined to comment on the timeline of when he will be expected to play again. The team not placing the defensive back on the injured reserve list to start the season is an indication he might be able to return to action sooner rather than later. 

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