Bengals' Utecht injures chest on first play of game

Updated: September 14, 2008, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Tight end Ben Utecht hurt his chest on the Cincinnati Bengals' first play of the game Sunday and left the field on a cart.

Carson Palmer's pass went off Utecht's hands as Tennessee linebacker David Thornton hit him in the chest. Utecht lay on the field for several minutes, then got up slowly. He was wobbly as he walked off the field with assistance, then got onto a cart and was taken to the locker room.

The Bengals signed Utecht from Indianapolis in the offseason, hoping to give Palmer another target in the middle of the field. He had two catches for 10 yards in an opening 17-10 loss in Baltimore.


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