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Andre Smith Injury: Updates on Bengals Star's Arm and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2014

Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith left Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in the first quarter with an arm injury. 

He was placed on season-ending IR the following Tuesday.

Continue for updates.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Smith Placed on IR

The Cincinnnati Bengals provided an update on Smith's status: 

Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals

#Bengals NEWS: -Place OT Andre Smith on IR -Sign OT Jamon Meredith -LB Terrell Manning signed off practice squad by @Giants

Monday, Nov. 24

Smith's Season Likely Over

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network had some bad news regarding Andre Smith's arm injury:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Bengals OT Andre Smith has a tear in the tricep/bicep area, source said. He needs surgery next week and his season is over.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Smith Exits Week 12 With Arm Injury

Andre Smith was injured in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in the first quarter and is not expected to return after suffering an arm injury, the team announced:

Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals

Andre Smith has a left arm injury and is not expected to return #CINvsHOU

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports later reported the early diagnosis for the lineman:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Belief is Bengals OT Andre Smith suffered a significant tear to his triceps, source says. Won't know full extent until MRI tomorrow.

Smith was injured while working as part of the Bengals' punt coverage team. The 2014 season has been mired with injuries for the Bengals right tackle. He's struggled to stay in the lineup with an ankle injury and has not been able to get into a rhythm throughout the season.    

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Cincinnati's rushing offense has only been intermittently effective, partially as a result of Smith's absences. It'll be interesting to see how much success Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill have if Smith is out of the lineup for another prolonged stretch.   

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