Cincinnati Bengals starting center Trey Hopkins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s season finale. Head coach Zac Taylor revealed Hopkins’ diagnosis on Monday.
“He tore his ACL and he will require surgery, so that obviously is not a fun Week 17 injury,” Taylor said of Hopkins. “He's one of those guys that has been all about everything we've tried to accomplish. He's been a really steady force for us at center, so that's difficult. So, obviously it will be a standard rehab there, but that's disappointing for Trey.”
Hopkins tore his ACL at the beginning of the third quarter. He was able to gingerly walk off the field under his own power. Billy Price replaced him at center.
Hopkins was the most consistent offensive lineman for the Bengals in 2020. He started in 15 games. The 6-foot-3, 316-pound center allowed one sack and 12 pressures in 938 snaps. He played the most snaps of any Bengals offensive lineman.
Other Bengals news and notes:
Tee Higgins injury update: Higgins was robbed of becoming the Bengals’ all-time leading rookie receptions leader on Sunday. The second-round pick reaggravated his left hamstring injury during the team’s first offensive series.
Taylor said Higgins’ injury isn’t serious.
“It was a hamstring, so nothing that's going to be major, but just rehab that hamstring,” Taylor said.
Higgins finished his rookie season with 67 receptions and a team-high 908 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.
Reserve/Future contracts: The Bengals signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts on Monday. DT Freedom Akinmoladun, LS Dan Godsil, S Trayvon Henderson, WR Trenton Irwin, LB Keandre Jones, CB Donnie Lewis, RB Jacques Patrick, CB Winston Rose, QB Kyle Shurmur and WR Scotty Washington are the 10 the Bengals signed.
The 10 players will not count on the team’s active list until Feb. 8.