The Cincinnati Bengals have placed defensive tackle Niles Scott on injured reserve.
Scott, a second-year player, suffered a foot injury in practice on July 31. He hasn’t practiced since then and will now miss the upcoming season unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.
The 6-2, 320-pound Scott played in Cincinnati’s final six games last season and recorded four tackles. He showed flashes of becoming a quality interior run-stuffer, but the Bengals already have that in Andrew Billings and Josh Tupo to play next to Geno Atkins. Rookie fourth-round pick Renell Wren, as well 2018 fifth-round pick Andrew Brown, are also competing for spots at defensive tackle, as this is one of the harder positions on the roster for a guy like Scott to make the team.
Scott’s best hope of remaining with the Bengals was on the practice squad. But for now, his 2019 season is ever before it ever really began.