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Howard to the IR, Muckelroy returns

The Cincinnati Bengals, on Friday, placed linebacker Thomas Howard on the season-ending injured reserve and re-signed linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy, who was cut following the final preseason contest.

Muckelroy, a starting weakside linebacker, tore his ACL in practice on Thursday.

“”Just a freak thing that happens,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said via “I’ve seen too many of them in 31 years of coaching before I even knew what an ACL was. It was in our drills. He felt like he was fine, ‘I’m all right, I’m all right.’ Then they are not. Unfortunately, we take them in that room and put that machine on them and they are not.”

The question is now who will start alongside Manny Lawson and Rey Maualuga at linebacker. The depth chart currently lists Vincent Rey as the WILL linebacker, but Lewis says rookie Vontaze Burfict and special teams ace Dan Skuta could also get snaps.

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