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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Heads to IR

    D.J. Reader (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Monday.The Cincinnati Bengals fears that Reader suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. While that hasn’t been confirmed, his placement on IR means he won’t be eligible to return until Week 10 against the Steelers, at the earliest. However, it’s likely he’s shut down for the season, which would push Christian Covington into a starting role alongside Geno Atkins.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Expected to miss season

    The Cincinnati Bengals believe that D.J. Reader (knee) suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury during Sunday’s 27-3 loss to the Ravens, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.Reader will undergo additional medical evaluation in the coming days, but for now the Bengals are preparing for the eventuality of losing the starting defensive tackle for the year. Christian Covington, who had handled a rotational defensive role through the first four games of the season, stands to see additional snaps going forward.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Done for day

    D.J. Reader (knee) was carted off the field during Sunday’s game against the Ravens and has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest, Marisa Contipelli of the Cincinnati Bengals’ official site reports.The injury thins out Cincinnati’s front against Baltimore’s potent rushing attack, thrusting 26-year-old Christian Covington into an important role along the interior defensive line. The newly acquired Reader collected just one tackle prior to his exit Sunday, but he had recorded 18 tackles, one tackle for loss and one QB hit Weeks 1 through 4.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Bengals still struggle against run

    The Cincinnati Bengals, which overhauled their defense to better defend against the run with D.J. Reader as a key offseason signing, are 27th in rush yards allowed and last in the NFL in yards after contact, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.This is not to say that this lies at the feet of Reader – in fact, the team is pleased with his performance so far. But, Cincinnati has been strikingly poor in finishing tackles as a defensive unit, although they haven’t been at full strength so far. The biggest absences have been Geno Atkins and Trae Waynes, who haven’t played at all. Additionally, Mackensie Alexander and Logan Wilson missed the Week 4 game.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Healthy moving forward

    D.J. Reader (muscle cramps) wasn’t listed on Monday’s injury report, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.It was quite concerning when Reader was carted off the field during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, but it was indeed just muscle cramps, as he was a full participant in Monday’s practice. He’ll be counted on heavily in Thursday’s matchup against the Browns, especially if Geno Atkins (shoulder) is unable to go.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Escapes serious injury

    D.J. Reader (muscle cramps) is probable to return to Sunday’s tilt against the Chargers, Marisa Contipelli of the Cincinnati Bengals’ official site reports.Reader was carted off the field due to what initially looked to be a significant injury, so it’s encouraging to see him listed as probable. As long as Reader remains off the field, however, the Bengals defense will face increased difficulty stopping the run.

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    Bengals’ D.J. Reader: Loses weight during offseason

    D.J. Reader said Wednesday that he’s lost about 30 pounds since the end of last season, dropping his weight to around 317, Marisa Contipelli of the Cincinnati Bengals’ official site reports.Reader often played nose tackle in Houston the past four seasons and showed some pass-rushing talent with 13 quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks in 2019. After defecting to Cincinnati on a four-year, $53 million contract, Reader probably envisions himself getting more opportunities to chase quarterbacks as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense. The change might mean sacrificing something against the run, but it’s not like he’ll be undersized at 317 pounds.

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    Texans’ D.J. Reader: Signing with Bengals

    D.J. Reader is slated to sign a four-year, $53 million deal with the Bengals, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.That will make Reader — who recorded 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Houston Texans in 2019 — the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL, while Field Yates of ESPN notes that by adding him to the mix alongside Geno Atkins, the Bengals will now boast one of the best defensive tackle duos in the league.

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    Texans’ D.J. Reader: Enters free agency

    D.J. Reader finished the 2019 season with career highs in tackles (52) and sacks (2.5) over 15 games.Reader has been a durable staple at defensive tackle for the Houston Texans, missing just three games over the last four years. Houston must decide if it’s worth keeping 25-year-old run stuffer, who enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The Texans ranked 25th in rushing defense, an aspect of defense where a nose tackle like Reader earns his salary. While running backs had a resurgence in the NFL in 2019, defending the pass remains the primary concern for all teams. Houston’s pass defense ranked 29th, and the unit was exposed in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. The Texans will need to decide how to allocate their expenditures on defense, and if it’s worth paying north of $10 million for a run-stuffing nose tackle.

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    Texans’ D.J. Reader: Just three tackles in win

    D.J. Reader made three tackles (two solo) in Saturday’s 23-20 win over the Buccaneers.That’s two-straight three-tackle games for the 25-year-old. He’s now up to 52 on the year (28 solo) with just 2.5 sacks.

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