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Bengals activate Darius Phillips, place Alex Redmond on IR

A big addition to the defense.

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

The Cincinnati Bengals have placed Alex Redmond on season-ending injured reserve due to an elbow injury, head coach Zac Taylor announced Friday. With the vacated roster spot, the team activated Darius Phillips with an IR-return designation.

Redmond suffered his injury prior to Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game in which Redmond was set to start at left guard in. He was suspended for the first four games this season due to a PED suspension, but he still ended up starting briefly at right guard when John Miller was injured.

As for Phillips, he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury back in Week 4 following a loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was having a breakout season as Cincinnati’s best cornerback of the first month before the setback, so his return will be a major boost for a Bengals defense that is coming on strong as the regular season winds down.

Phillips will play a major role this Sunday against a New York Jets passing attack that is also coming alive as the season winds down. He’ll also provide the Bengals with more depth at the returner spots on special teams.