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Ryan Glasgow named Bengals’ Ed Block Courage Award winner

Glasgow overcame a major knee injury to return in time for Day 1 of training camp this year.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have named defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow the recipient of their 2019 Ed Block Courage Award.

The award, which is organized by NFL athletic trainers, the award honors players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. It also recognizes players that symbolize professionalism, great strength and dedication while being a role model in the community.

Glasgow, a third-year player, suffered a torn ACL in 2018 that caused him to miss the remainder of the year. Despite the setback, Glasgow was able to return in time to participate in the first day of training camp in 2019.

“Ryan stayed focused on the goal of getting back to the football field, from shortly after the injury until the day he was cleared to practice,” said head athletic trainer Paul Sparling. “He is an inspiration to all who surround him and is an example of how to handle the physical and emotional setback after a serious injury.”

In 2019, Glasgow made seven tackles in five games (two starts) for the Bengals. On Oct. 30, though, he was placed on injured reserve after re-injuring the same knee in Game 8 against the Los Angeles Rams.

“Although he suffered a re-injury this season while playing in London,” Sparling said, “he has approached this recent setback as he did last season and continues to attack his rehabilitation with the same dedication as he demonstrated last year.”