Joe Burrow in precarious position as Bengals shut out offensive lineman Alex Cappa, Jonah Williams

Bengals rule out offensive lineman Alex Cappa and Jonah Williams ahead of the much-anticipated playoff game against Buffalo Bills … potentially putting quarterback Joe Burrow in jeopardy

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without three of their offensive linemen in this weekend’s highly anticipated NFL Divisional Round playoff matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Left tackle Jonah Williams and right guard Alex Cappa were officially ruled out this week, while right tackle La’el Collins was out with a cruciate ligament rupture in Week 16.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor said the communication and level of detail on the offensive line were the most encouraging things as Cincinnati braced itself for Buffalo’s rowdy and rowdy home crowd.

Joe Burrow will play behind three of Cincinnati's reserve offensive lineman this weekend

Joe Burrow will play behind three of Cincinnati’s reserve offensive lineman this weekend

Bengals guard Alex Cappa is helped off the field by Cincinnati's medical staff against Ravens

Bengals guard Alex Cappa is helped off the field by Cincinnati’s medical staff against Ravens

“I thought they did a good job,” Taylor said of the group’s synergy. “I think they are ready to go and take their chances.”

Cincinnati’s offensive line will need all the synergy in the world and maybe even some luck not only to hold up against the Bills’ front seven, but more importantly to ensure the Bengals’ offensive line doesn’t repeat itself like last year’s playoff disaster.

During last year’s divisional playoff round against the Tennessee Titans, Burrow was released to a playoff record nine times. This came in the middle of a season that saw Burrow leading 70 sacks in the league.

This was consistent with the story throughout most of Burrow’s brief tenure at Cincinnati, as the team struggled at an astounding level to protect him despite his ability to remain extremely productive.

Jonah Williams grabs his leg in pain after injuring himself during the game against the Baltimore Ravens

Jonah Williams grabs his leg in pain after injuring himself against the Ravens game

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor felt the offensive line

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor felt the offensive line “did a good job” in practice this week

Burrow’s rookie season with the Bengals ended after tearing an ACL and MCL as Cincinnati’s offensive line struggled to protect the former LSU standout.

As a rookie, Burrow was hit 72 times in nine games – tying the most times by a rookie QB with Giants QB Daniel Jones in his first nine games since 2000.

This weekend, right guard Max Scharping and left tackle Jackson Carman have been working at those respective positions all week, with Williams and Cappa absent.

Bengals attacking coordinator Brian Callahan said the injuries didn’t change much for his players, however.

“It doesn’t really change how we approach our week and how we play,” Callahan said earlier in the week. “We just know we will have the time and space to help the lads if they need it.”

Cincinati's inability to protect Burrow meant that he had previously sustained a serious knee injury

Cincinati’s inability to protect Burrow meant that he had previously sustained a serious knee injury

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Maureen Mackey

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