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Bengals DE Carl Lawson updates his injury and recovery process

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The Bengals’ promising defender expects to come back as good as ever.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals won’t see Carl Lawson again this year, as the stud pass-rusher suffered a torn ACL in Cincinnati’s Week 8 win over the Buccaneers.

The team ended up keeping him on the 53-man roster through the bye week, as they’re still trying to find someone to take his place on the 53-man roster. In the meantime, Lawson is still showing up at Paul Brown Stadium to speak with the media about his injury, recovery, and his hopes of coming back better than ever.

In his rookie year, Lawson registered 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles and 1 stuff in 16 games played after being drafted in the fourth round out of Auburn in the 2017 NFL Draft. He fell in the draft in part because of several injuries in college, including a torn ACL in his other knee. Having already recovered from one ACL tear is a big reason why he is so confident he’ll recover from the latest.

The hope was Lawson would see the field much more this year and thus add onto those rookie numbers in a big way. However, Lawson managed just one sack in seven games to go with six total tackles. He was consistently getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but he struggled to actually get them down on the ground.

Even so, Pro Football Focus gave him a 79.2 grade for the year, the 13th-best grade of any edge defender. He’s a big loss for a Bengals defense that’s already on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history.