Slot receiver Jordan Shipley still factors into the Bengals' future plans. But losing him for the season shouldn't derail quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati passing attack.
Shipley was placed on injured reserve Monday after he tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss at Denver. He made a minimal impact in both games this season (four catches for 14 yards) after leading AFC rookies last season in receiving yards (600).
The transition is a small one for Cincinnati because Shipley had already been splitting reps with Andre Caldwell. Five minutes after Shipley got hurt, Caldwell caught a 10-yard touchdown.
After years of going with Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Bengals are establishing a new look at wide receiver with emerging rookie A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson. Green is already starting to make those highlight reel catches, and Simpson has three 100-yard receiving games in his five starts the last two seasons.