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Report: Andre Smith is out for year after tearing tricep

Cincinnati Bengals starting right tackle Andre Smith, who had already missed time with a bum ankle, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn tricep against the Houston Texans.

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After suffering a major arm during during Sunday's 22-13 win over the Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith is done for the season. The initial report, from Mike Garafolo, highlighted that Smith had suffered a significant tricep injury, which happened during the first quarter of Sunday's game.

According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, Smith, who has a confirmed tear in his "tricep/bicep" area during an MRI on Monday, will undergo surgery next week.

Backup tackle Marshall Newhouse stepped in for Smith on Sunday, tasked with blocking defensive end J.J. Watt. Newhouse, who appears to be the most logical starter this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only allowed two pressures against Watt.

On the other hand, Newhouse, who started against the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints while Smith was recovering from an ankle, hasn't been the strongest link in Cincinnati's chain either. Over the past three games, he's accumulated a Pro Football Focus overall grade of -14.0 and a pass protection score of -10.4. Andy Dalton was noticeably under constant assault against the Browns, largely from players that Newhouse was assigned.

Tanner Hawkinson is next on the team's depth chart. However, when Newhouse went down Sunday with an eye (and quickly returned), it was Clint Boling that was projected at right tackle with Mike Pollak stepping in at left guard. Also, don't be surprised if Cincinnati signs a free agent offensive lineman.

Like Dennis Roland.