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Bengals put 3 on IR and sign 3 off of the practice squad

Dre Kirkpatrick and Tyler Boyd are among those heading to IR, while Quinton Flowers is getting called up to the 53-man roster.

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On Friday, the Bengals placed wide receiver Tyler Boyd, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Jordan Evans on injured reserve.

To fill their positions on the active roster, the team signed three players off the practice squad in running back Quinton Flowers, offensive tackle Kent Perkins and wide receiver Hunter Sharp.

Boyd, a third-year player, started the team’s first 14 games this season before suffering a knee injury in Game 14 vs. Oakland. He has 76 receptions for 1028 yards (both team highs) and seven touchdowns. Boyd’s 1000-yard season was the first of his career and the 27th in team history.

Kirkpatrick, a seventh-year player who has started 13 games this season, suffered a shoulder injury last week at Cleveland. He has 41 tackles (35 solos), and his nine passes defensed are second most on the team behind William Jackson (12).

Evans, a second-year player, has played in 14 games this season with five starts. He suffered an ankle injury in Game 14 vs. Oakland. Evans ranks fifth on team with 59 total tackles (38 solos). He also has 1.5 sacks, one interception and three passes defensed, as well as two special teams tackles.

Flowers (5-10, 211), a rookie, joined the Bengals in May as a college free agent out of the University of South Florida. After playing quarterback at USF, he converted to running back in the NFL and has spent the entire season on the Bengals’ practice squad.

Flowers set 42 school records at USF, including school and American Athletic Conference records for total offense (11,802 yards), and he finished his college career as one of only four players in FBS history to post at least 8000 passing yards and 3500 rushing yards.

Perkins (6-5, 305), a first-year player out of the University of Texas, was originally a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2017. After spending much of his rookie season on Cincinnati’s practice squad, Perkins was signed to the active roster late in the year and played in the season finale at Baltimore, where he saw brief time on offense. Perkins also has spent the entire 2018 season on the Bengals’ practice squad.

Sharp (5-11, 198), a first-year player out of the University of Utah, joined the Bengals as a free agent on Nov. 20. He entered the NFL as a college free agent signee of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, and has also spent time with the Broncos, Giants and Bills. Sharp has played in three career games, with one start, and has five catches for 54 yards and a score.