Cincinnati Bengals half back Elijah Holyfield (36) is checked by the training staff after injuring his right knee during the first day of preseason training camp at the Paul Brown Stadium training facility in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp

The Cincinnati Bengals shared some bad news Thursday when the team announced that running back Elijah Holyfield has been ruled out for the season.

“We have signed free agent HB Jacques Patrick and placed Elijah Holyfield on the Reserve/Injured list,” the team said.

Apparently, Holyfield went down and was carted off the field on the first day of practice. The former Georgia running back, who is the son of boxer Evander Holyfield, was on the practice squad for the team last year.

Holyfield was a star in the making at Georgia and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 9 touchdowns during his career in Athens. This injury is yet another setback for the running back who will have to wait until next year to prove his worth to this team or another one.

This will be Patrick’s second stint with the Bengals. He originally joined the team in April 2020 after he spent time with the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers. He spent most of his time on the practice squad in 2020 and the beginning of 2021 until the San Francisco 49ers signed him to their active roster. He appeared in 2 games for the Niners with a pair of carries for 12 yards. Patrick also played 18 special teams snaps.

Now, he has a chance to prove himself again in the Bengals backfield behind starting running back Joe Mixon.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.