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Bengals place Taylor Mays on Injured Reserve

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Cincinnati Bengals have lost another coverage linebacker (not really the definition) when they placed hybrid safety/linebacker Taylor Mays on season-ending IR.

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It's over for Taylor Mays.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Wednesday that safety/linebacker hybrid player Taylor Mays has been placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a dislocated shoulder at the end of the second quarter against the New York Jets. The only video that we had showed that Mays, like Emmanuel Lamur before him, Mays' separation happen during an attempted tackle.

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Mays finished with 21 tackles, two passes defensed, a special teams fumble recovery and two special teams tackles.

This was Mays' contract year as his four-year rookie contract expires in March.

Cincinnati didn't announce a corresponding move, which means that their 53-man roster is officially down to 52. This would appear to set the stage for Andrew Hawkins, who is now eligible to return the team after spending the first eight weeks on the team's Injured Reserve list with a designation to return.

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