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Bengals place Xavier Su’a-Filo and Renell Wren on injury lists

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The Bengals have another setback at defensive tackle.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have placed defensive tackle Renell Wren on the Non-Football Injury list, while guard Xavier Su’a-Filo has been played on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Both players still count toward the 80-man roster limit.

Su’a-Filo, a former second-round pick (33rd overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft, has appeared in 75 career games with 53 starts. He’s spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a backup, though he did start 12 games while appearing in 19 total.

If healthy, Su’a-Filo will compete with Billy Price, Alex Redmond and Michael Jordan for one of the two starting guard spots.

Wren, a fourth-round pick (125th overall) of the Bengals in the 2019 NFL Draft by way of Arizona State, played in 11 games last season with two starts and had eight tackles. He was placed on IR in December due to a hip injury.

This is just the latest of what’s been a string of bad luck for the Bengals at defensive tackle. Josh Tupou just opted out of the 2020 season, while the oft-injured Ryan Glasgow was waived with a failed injury designation.

Wren is in prime position for a bigger role in Year 2 if he can stay healthy. If he’s out, the Bengals are left with undrafted free agents Tyler Clark and Trey Dishon as the team’s lone true defensive tackles.

With so little depth, I’d expect the Bengals to sign another body in the coming weeks.