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Bengals RB Rodney Anderson tore ACL vs. Colts

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Just brutal.

Indianapolis Colts v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals lost their fourth preseason game to the Indianapolis Colts, but that’s not all they may’ve lost on their last meaningless outing.

Bengals’ sixth-round running back Rodney Anderson hobbled off the field after what appeared to be a knee injury. The 22-year-old had already struggled to get back onto the field after suffering a torn ACL during his final season at Oklahoma.

As it turns out, Anderson did re-tear the ACL, which will end his rookie season before it ever begins. Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed the news Friday afternoon.

Anderson made his debut with the Bengals in their Week 3 loss against the New York Giants. Being given eight carries, the rookie totaled just seven yards. However, while he didn’t produce much this preseason, he was still expected to crack the 53-man roster.

With Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard still the team’s clear top-two backs, the Bengals will be more disappointed with the lost potential of Anderson over his actual value to this season’s roster.

As for the other running back spots, expect one of Jordan Ellis and Quinton Flowers to make the final roster to go with sixth-round rookie Trayveon Williams.