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Sam Hubbard to play in Bengals vs. Browns prior to offseason surgery

Hubbard has been through a lot this season but plans to be there for his team in the final battle

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The Cincinnati Bengals were closing in on a playoff spot even with their backup quarterback at the helm, partially on the back of a dominant defensive line led by elite defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

Although Cincinnati is out of playoff contention now, star defensive end Sam Hubbard, who has battled a plethora of injuries this season, intends to play in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. He will then have offseason surgery.

The extent to which that surgery will require rehab is not known as it is undisclosed.

“Didn’t think twice about it. I came this far, I’m playing. I’m finishing the year strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Hubbard told Geoff Hobson of

Having played double-digit games in every season, Hubbard has consistently been an iron man-like presence for this defensive line. He has totaled five sacks and two fumble recoveries through 14 games.

A home-grown product, having played in high school at Moeller and then at Ohio State, Hubbard is a fan-favorite player for the Bengals, and his presence should give the team, one not playing for much outside of damaging the playoff seeding for a rival, a jolt.

Hubbard is 28 years old and should continue to be a staple of the Bengals defense for the long-term future.