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Bengals put Carl Lawson on IR, promote Auden Tate, sign Clark Harris to extension

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The Bengals lose their promising young pass-rusher and make two more roster moves.

Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have placed defensive end Carl Lawson on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Monday. With the free roster spot, the team promoted wide receiver Auden Tate off of the practice squad. The team also announced a two-year contract extension for long-snapper Clark Harris.

Tate, a seventh-round draft pick out of Florida State, initially made the Bengals’ 53-man roster before being waived on Oct. 18 and signed to the practice squad. The rookie was inactive for the first six games.

Harris, a 10th-year player, signed a two-year extension through the 2020 season. He has been a reliable long snapper since first signing with Cincinnati as a free agent in 2009. He has had no unplayable snaps in 1364 attempts as a Bengal (727 punts, 637 placekicks). Harris, who also has 31 special teams tackles during that span, was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season.

Lawson suffered a torn ACL in Cincinnati’s Week 8 win over the Buccaneers. In his rookie year, Lawson registered 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles and 1 stuff in 16 games played. Lawson managed just one sack in seven games to go with six total tackles. He was consistently getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and making a big impact, as evidenced by Pro Football Focus, who have him a 79.2 grade, the 13th-best grade of any edge defender.

Lawson promised on Monday that he’d be back to 100 percent next season!