Bengals place WR John Ross on IR

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The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to place one of their skill players on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

Wide receiver John Ross was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, thus ending his rookie campaign.

With a roster spot open, the team opted to sign linebacker Josh Tupou from the practice squad.

Ross was the third wide receiver taken in the draft, behind only Western Michigan’s Corey Davis (No. 5, Tennessee Titans) and Clemson’s Mike Williams (No. 7, Los Angeles Chargers).

Ross used a big final year at Washington to boost his stock, doing so in the form of 76 catches for 1,122 yards and a whopping 17 touchdowns, his playmaking skills a big reason to why the Huskies made it all the way to the College Football Playoff a season ago.

Ross only padded his resume during the NFL Combine when he broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record. With all that speed and playmaking abilities, it was tough to see how he wouldn’t play a vital factor in the Bengals’ offensive scheme, but his season gets derailed before it could even take off.

The wide receiver finishes his first season in the pros without having caught a pass, the lone highlight coming in the form of a 12-yard rush during Week 2 against the Houston Texans. Ross was limited to three games on the year and will have to wait to rebound.

The Bengals lost on Monday Night Football to the Pittsburgh Steelers and will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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