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Bengals place Andre Smith on IR; Sign Jamon Meredith

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Andre Smith suffered a triceps injury during the Bengals' Week 12 game against the Texans.

Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have made official what everyone already knew: Offensive tackle Andre Smith suffered a torn triceps muscle during Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, and he's been placed on Injured Reserve.

Smith had started in 45 of a possible 48 games at right tackle over the past three seasons, but an ankle injury caused him to miss two games this year. This triceps injury will assure he only plays in nine of a possible 16 games this year, the fewest since he played in just seven games in 2010.

In his place, the Bengals signed free agent offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, a career backup. Meredith, who played  in college at South Carolina, was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was later released and re-signed to the team's practice squad.

He then embarked on a career that saw stops in Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and with the New York Giants.

Meredith started in 20 games from 2012-13 for the Bucs, but has been a backup for the Packers and Buccaneers this year.