Ja’Marr Chase says he didn’t play Bengals-Titans as precaution

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase announced he did not play the Tennessee Titans last weekend as a precaution.

In his first public comments since his hip injury, Chase said he told Bengals coach Zac Taylor he didn’t want to play in last Sunday’s win in Tennessee because he didn’t feel comfortable coming back from the injury so early.

“I wanted to give myself another week of prep for the next game if I had the chance,” Chase said Wednesday.

Chase said he feels great and isn’t in any pain as the Bengals begin training for their upcoming showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in a repeat of last season’s AFC Championship game.

Chase also revealed the details of the injury he sustained in October, saying he hyperextended his right leg on a touchdown during Cincinnati’s Week 6 win in New Orleans. He played the rest of the contest, including the game-winning 60-yard touchdown in the Bengals’ 30-26 win.

The following Wednesday, Chase said he told the Bengals’ training staff he was having trouble moving. By the end of the week, he was feeling better and was playing in Cincinnati’s Week 7 win over the Atlanta Falcons when he seemed to be aggravating the injury just before halftime. He also finished that game, catching eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

After that, Chase sought another consultation and said he was diagnosed with a hairline hip fracture.

“That’s why I got the second opinion — exactly why from the Falcon game,” Chase said.

Chase has missed four games because of the injury and said he is expected to have a light training streak for the second straight week. He was capped in every Cincinnati practice in Week 12 before the game against the Titans.

Chase said his career prospects were a key reason he decided to wait an extra week before returning.

“I didn’t know if that was too soon, too fast, so I (Taylor) just said I wanted to be concerned about the long term,” Chase said, adding that the staff and trainers checked in with Chase on handling on one side everything was right.

In his debut NFL season, Chase set the Bengals’ franchise record for yards in a single game (266) and a single season (1,455) — just two of the accolades that will be on his resume when he turns qualified for a contract extension 2024.

Taylor said it was hard to predict if Chase would be a full participant in any workout throughout the week.

“We’re going to do our best to make sure he’s comfortable and we’re comfortable,” Taylor said.

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Emma Bowman

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