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Bengals Morning Beat: Little Concern About Defensive Players On Injured Reserve (Except For Thomas)

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+ The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday that defensive end Jamaal Anderson will be placed on Injured Reserve, after suffering a torn quad tendon which he'll have repaired at some point later this week. Anderson is the eighth player with a premature ending on IR, and the seventh on defense, following the most recent addition Thomas Howard. And that list doesn't include Kyle Cook, who will return at some point later during the season.

Anderson's season ends with 61 total snaps, three tackles, one quarterback hit and another pressure, playing a combination of defensive end and defensive tackle (during passing obvious situations). Though we hate seeing anyone placed on IR, we're absent the feeling that Anderson is some huge loss.

Compound that with the team eventually getting Carlos Dunlap, Jason Allen, Pat Sims and Dontay Moch back at some point within the next month, and god-willing Dre Kirkpatrick. Thomas Howard was a big loss for this defense. Beyond that we're not seeing any major losses with defensive players on IR.

+ Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spoke about Rey Maualuga on Tuesday:

"He’s got to make some more plays in the open field. That would be the biggest thing. He’s handling the things he’s doing well defensively, as far as what he needs to do and the interpretation of what we’re doing. But he’s got to make more plays. He can be more productive in the open field in getting guys on the ground. He’s got to play in a little better leverage position, understanding where his fit is and where he needs to be. How to play the block, how to shed the block. If the block is up on him, what are we going to turn the football back to? So mechanically, he’s got to play better."

Let's not mix words coach Lewis. It's not like Maualuga could use more coaching on how to become a better player.

+ Joe Goodberry released his five players that impressed him from last weekend's win.

+ Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

+ Why we shouldn't expect the Bengals to bring Jonathan Fanene back.

+ Quarterback Andy Dalton is nominated for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

+ Grading the Redskins defense against the St. Louis Rams.

+ Redskins owner Daniel Snyder released a statement on the passing of NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol.

“Steve Sabol, along with his Hall of Fame father, Ed, introduced the world to the great game of football by capturing every essence of the players, coaches and fans. Everyone has benefitted from Steve and NFL Films’ contribution to the game and we are forever grateful.

"Steve was the voice of the NFL and his shoes are impossible to fill. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”