Minter (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Friday, ending his season, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This season has been difficult for Minter, whether it's the elbow injury that kept him out four weeks in the middle of the season, or this sudden hamstring injury that will sideline him for the remaining three contests. The fifth-year pro had 32 tackles (16 solo) through nine games. Vincent Rey will likely fill in at middle linebacker for a battered Bengals' linebacker corps.
Minter (hamstring) has yet to participate in practice this week, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.
Minter popped up on the injury report this week after logging 34 defensive snaps Sunday against the Bears -- his second highest snap count of the season. The Bengals could be extremely thin at linebacker this week with Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle) both missing practice time this week as well.
Minter (elbow) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Minter's missed the past four games with an elbow injury, so his full participation Wednesday is a significant development. He seems in line to play Sunday against the Browns and take back a starting role at middle linebacker.
Minter will miss his fourth straight game since dislocating his elbow against Pittsburgh in Week 6. Veteran linebacker Vincent Rey will continue to slot into the starting middle linebacker role.
Minter will miss his third consecutive game Sunday, but the middle linebacker has been limited in his defensive snaps all season anyhow. Expect Hardy Nickerson and Vincent Rey to pick up the snaps left over in Minter's absence.
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