The Cincinnati Bengals have placed Renell Wren on injured reserve. In a corresponding move, the team activated John Ross, who was on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Wren, a second-year player, suffered a right quad injury in practice on Aug. 17 that led to him being carted off the practice field. It became apparent early on that his season was already over, which is a brutal break for the second-year defensive tackle.
A 2019 fourth-round pick, Wren had just come off the NFI list when he was injured in practice last week. He’s in line for a bigger role in Year 2 after Josh Tupou opted out of the season and Ryan Glasgow was waived.
Wren played in 11 games (two starts) as a rookie last season and recorded eight tackles.
Ross, a fourth-year player, had been placed on the COVID-19 list on Aug. 12 when he left the team to tend to his family. He’s entering a contract year and needs a big 2020 season to ensure he gets a nice payday next offseason, whether it’s from the Bengals or another NFL team.