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.
#Bengals OT Andre Smith has a tear in the tricep/bicep area, source said. He needs surgery next week and his season is over.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2014
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.