CINCINNATI -- Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick, who injured his shin in the season opener, will not play again this year.
"His injury has not healed in a way that he could play productively," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said. "Our doctors all agree that the best course for Peter is to have a surgery that will allow him to fully recover in plenty of time for 2005."
The injury was believed to have been a serious shin bruise at first but was later diagnosed as a cracked bone.
Warrick was hurt against the New York Jets but finished the game and played the following week against Miami. He was then used in just a few plays against Baltimore on Sept. 26 and against Denver on Oct. 25.
He has 11 catches for 127 yards this season. He had 253 catches entering this season, the most by a Bengals player in his first four seasons.
Warrick is the third starter and 13th player overall to be lost for the season by the Bengals. His injury is one reason the offense has struggled under quarterback Carson Palmer. The Bengals are tied for 22nd in scoring at 18 points a game. Three of their 12 touchdowns have been scored by the defense.
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