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Bengals put Auden Tate on IR; activate Xavier Su’a-Filo

The Bengals also made four other roster moves.

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The Cincinnati Bengals announced several roster moves Wednesday, the most notable being wide receiver Auden Tate going to injured reserve.

The team also officially activated offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo to the 53-man roster from IR.

Also set to make his return to the roster soon is cornerback Darius Phillips, who the Bengals gave an IR-return designation today, so he’s now eligible to practice.

In terms of roster additions, the Bengals signed long-snapper Dan Godsil to the practice squad.

Finally, the Bengals returned defensive tackle Freedom Akinmoladun and wide receiver Stanley Morgan to the practice squad from the NFL’s COVID-19 list. Akinmoladun had been on Reserve/COVID-19 since Nov. 18, while Stanley Morgan had been on it since Nov. 20.

Su’a-Filo, now in his seventh NFL season, was placed on IR back on Sept. 15 after suffering an ankle injury in the season-opener vs. the Los Angeles Chargers. He had returned to practice for the Bengals on Nov. 11 when the team designated him for return from IR.

The long-time guard was signed to a three-year, $9 million deal this offseason after appearing in 75 career games (53 starts) with the Texans and Cowboys. He spent the last two years in Dallas and finished the 2019 season with a 60.1 Pro Football Focus grade, which actually would have been among the highest marks of any Bengals lineman that season.

Tate, a third-year player out of Florida State and seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2018, suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. He had played in nine games (two starts) this season and had 14 catches for 150 yards.

Godsil, a first-year player out of Indiana University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. He later spent parts of the 2019 and ’20 offseasons with the Bengals.

Phillips, now in his third season, had been on IR since Nov. 14 with a groin injury that he suffered in Game 8 vs. the Tennessee Titans. Today starts a 21-day period during which Phillips may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the roster at any time during that period.