Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Fletcher Page discuss the team’s 31-21 at the Carolina Panthers.
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Defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow impressed and took a significant jump in production during his second season out of Michigan.
Unfortunately for him, it ends after three games.
Glasgow tore his ACL during the 31-21 loss to Carolina on Sunday and will be lost for the year, first reported by NFL Network.
The 6-3, 300-pounder was offering Geno Atkins a breather as the three-technique position at defensive tackle and accumulating a number of key plays along the way. He racked up 11 tackles, a quarterback hit and tackle for loss in the official stats but was active pressuring the quarterback and chasing the run, particularly the first two weeks.
“I’m almost at half my production from last year within three games,” Glasgow said as he came through the locker room on crutches Monday. “I think as a player I definitely was headed in the right direction. To have it cut short isn’t ideal, but I’ll pick back up where I left off.”
His role was important as the team tries to utilize a deeper rotation on the defensive line. Glasgow played a decent percentage of snaps in the first three games.
- Indianapolis: 49 percent
- Baltimore: 33 percent
- Carolina: 37 percent
Glasgow tossed his helmet after feeling a pop and a burn while planting to track down Christian McCaffery on a run play. Coming from a family in sports medicine, he knew instantly what just happened. He’s not decided on where he’ll have the surgery yet, as he weighs his option whether to do it with the Bengals or elsewhere. He tore a pectoral muscle in college and his mother actually did the surgery.
“Seamless recovery on that one,” he said. “Shout out to her. Who knows, my dad might do my surgery. We’ll see.”
As he walked through the locker room, Glasgow stopped to talk with Clint Boling, who tore his ACL in December of 2013, but returned for the start of training camp the next season.
“He was just trying to figure out the best way to go about the surgery and we talked about the rehab process,” Boling said of Glasgow, who hopes to return even in a limited capacity during OTAs. “I’m sure he’s talked to Geno (Atkins), too. Geno’s been there. A number of guys have been in that situation. I think a lot of those doctors are good at what they do. A lot of it is how you attack the rehab process more than anything. That’s the most important part of it. You have options to do different surgeries and have different doctors do it and it’s what you feel most comfortable with and what you want to do.”
This opens a spot for 2018 fifth-round pick Andrew Brown to potentially be promoted off the practice squad. He was limited in the preseason due to injury and didn’t make the 53-man roster out of camp, but would serve as a logical in-house replacement.
If they don’t think Brown would be active against Atlanta, they could leave the roster spot empty and allow Vontaze Burfict to fill it when he returns off suspension next week.
Also, 345-pound Josh Tupou, who played extra snaps in place of Glasgow on Sunday, could be part of the equation.
“If you watch the tape, Josh played like a beast out there taking on double teams,” Glasgow said. “He’s a big, strong guy. He’s got that Polynesian muscle. It’s almost unmatched genetically.”
Either way, this marks an unfortunate conclusion to one of the best stories from the Bengals’ 2017 draft class.
“I thought I took a bunch of positive steps as a player, but there’s not much you can do about it. It happens. Occupational hazard. It’s just part of the job … It kind of sucks having (the season) cut short. But I’ll be back next year — 2019.”