Just as he was beginning to show the NFL what he can do, South Brunswick's Mohamed Sanu suffered a setback that will likely end his season.
Sanu suffered a foot injury in practice earlier this week for the Cincinnati Bengals. Head Coach Marvin Lewis said on Friday that Sanu suffered a stress fracture in his foot, according to Cincy Jungle.com. Sanu is expected to miss the rest of the 2012 season.
“It’s unfortunate for Mo and for us but we’ll pick it up and move forward,” Lewis told Cincinnati.com.
The only positive news is that the injury is not expected to affect the rookie wide receiver long term.
"It's the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe and it's seen as an injury that Sanu is going to have no problem overcoming," wrote Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. "But since it happened with just five weeks left in the season he's got no chance of getting back in time."
Sanu will end the year with 16 catches for 154 yards and four receiving touchdowns. He also had a 73-yard touchdown pass.
The injury comes at an unfortunate time, as Sanu had caught fire and had a three-game touchdown reception streak after last week. Sanu found the end zone twice in last Sunday's 34-10 Bengals win, as he finished with a career-high five receptions for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
During the three-game streak, the former Vikings star recorded 11 receptions for 98 yards and four touchdowns.
"In the last three games he played, Sanu was incredible," wrote Ryan Nolan of Bleacher Report. "Although he only racked up 98 receiving yards across the three game, he had four receiving touchdowns. His first came against the New York Giants, the start of what is now a team three-game winning streak. That's no coincidence. Sanu showcased himself in several sets. Although he hasn't been seen in the Wildcat again, he has been the backfield a few times taking snap at running back and performing very well, notably getting a big first down in last week's game against the Chiefs.
"Sanu is a competitor, the Bengals have come to realize. He didn't do great in practice, but put him in against a real opponent and he shines. And now, he's gone."