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Bengals placing TE Cethan Carter on Injured/Reserve, per report

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Carter was injured in the preseason finale and it looked bad enough to keep him off-the-field for an extended period.

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Cethan Carter was viewed as a likely candidate for the Bengals’ 53-man roster, but the team is now placing him on Injured/Reserve after he suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason finale, according to Katherine Terrell.

He will need season-ending surgery on a torn labrum.

In the middle of the second quarter against the Colts, Carter suffered the injury and went to the sideline while holding his arm. Not long after, the team announced that he was out for the rest of the game.

Carter made the Bengals’ roster as a rookie in 2017 and was a mainstay on special teams, which is his real value. He did get occasional snaps on offense, but those were rare.

This is unfortunate news for a player with promise. After the Bengals cut Ryan Hewitt this morning, it seems 2017 seventh round pick Mason Schreck could be headed to the 53-man roster.

Carter will be ineligible to return this season since he didn’t make the initial 53-man roster. To be eligible for the IR-return designation, a player must be on the 53-man roster for at least one day.