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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is expected to miss offseason training while recovering from shoulder surgery, coach Zac Taylor said Monday.
Higgins had the procedure after the team’s trip to the Super Bowl and had a protective brace on his left shoulder during a performance at the Cincinnati Reds’ home opener. Taylor said he expects Higgins to be out in a few months.
“Made a decision to get it fixed,” Taylor said. “[I] Do not expect him to be part of the offseason. “
Higgins missed the third and fourth games of the regular season due to a shoulder problem. He returned to play in every remaining game for the AFC champions, except for the final of the regular season, where Cincinnati rested almost all of its starters.
The team’s second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft comes after his best season as a pro. In 14 games, he had 74 catches for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. Higgins appeared in all four playoff games. In the team’s Super Bowl LVI loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Higgins had four catches of 100 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s first championship appearance in 33 years.
The Bengals will start offseason training on May 2 and hold six volunteer organized team activities. Cincinnati will not have a mandatory minicamp, Taylor said Monday.