Alex Smith to Season-Ending I.R.

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Aug 28, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Alex Smith (81) against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

As of this afternoon the Bengals have decided to place tight end Alex Smith on Injured Reserve; the move effectively ends his season.

It’s the second injury to a Bengals’ tight end this season following Tyler Eifert’s dislocated elbow; Eifert is on the IR currently but with a designation to return.

The Bengals have signed tight end Kevin Brock to the 53-man roster to take Smith’s place.  Brock is primarily a blocking tight end who knows the Bengals system having trained with the team last year as well as this off-season.  The Bengals now have three tight ends on the roster, if you include the versatile Ryan Hewitt in that group, along with Jermaine Gresham.  The team also chose to move on from tight end Ryan Otten, who was previously signed to the practice squad.  Instead, they signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary; a move likely responding to Kevin Zeitler’s injury.  Cleary is a 6’7″, 313 pound lineman who played his college football at Boston College.  In two years since going undrafted, Cleary has spent time with the Colts, Buccaneers, and Raiders.

The roster still stands at 52 as of now.  Because the Bengals did not add another player to the roster may mean the team intends to keep cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris who is fresh off his two game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  He would be the tenth secondary player on the roster if the team chooses to retain him.

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