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Nov 13, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers (91) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Cincinnati Bengals lose key veteran for rest of year



There is one player currently on the Cincinnati Bengals that’s been a part of all four of the Bengals’ most recent playoff berths. Defensive end Robert Geathers has had the pleasure of seeing the brighter days of a franchise that’s suffered through a lot of dark days over the past two decades, and he’s been a solid rotational-DE who’s been known more for his rush-defense.

But the longtime veteran won’t see the field again this year after the team placed him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list. This, after he suffered a serious elbow injury during Monday night’s 20-10 victory of the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

As for who will replace Geathers’ production:

Coming off the practice field Wednesday, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer indicated SAM backer James Harrison might be an option to take some of Geathers’s backup snaps and said that the redshirt year of second-round pick Margus Hunt, a project defensive end, might be over.

“He’s still got a ways to go,” said Zimmer, who also said he had no problem putting him in there.


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