Tupou signed a one-year contract with Cincinnati on Thursday. Tupou was tendered by the Bengals earlier in March and his signing was expected. He's coming off an injury-shortened season that saw him record nine tackles (six solo) in six games. Healthy once again, he'll look to carve out a larger role for himself in 2019.
The Bengals extended a tender to Tupou on Friday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports. The Colorado product was only able to play in six games for the Bengals in 2018 due to a pectoral injury. In that span, Tupou was able to make nine tackles (six solo). When healthy, Tupou should provide depth to the Cincinnati defensive line.
Tupou was placed on IR with a pectoral injury Thursday. Tupou had seen his snap count increase the past two weeks, but will miss the rest of the season after tearing his pectoral muscle during Wednesday's practice. The Bengals signed Niles Scott off the Broncos' practice squad in an effort to make up for Tupou's absence.
Tupou has a sprained MCL and is out for at least a month, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Tupou spent most of 2017 on the practice squad before getting added to the active roster in December. He'll be in a tough spot in trying to make the team this year.
Tupou, who was carted off the field Wednesday, was seen wearing a knee brace Thursday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It was originally reported that Tupou suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday's practice, but it's now been discovered that it was his knee. Getting carted off the field is still definitely not a good sign for defensive lineman, and depending on the severity of the injury, Tupou's chances of making the Bengals' final roster could be even lower than they were entering training camp.
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