Lengel is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a knee injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Lengel left the season finale during the fourth quarter, and will not retake the field. C.J. Uzomah will serve as the only healthy tight end on Cincinnati's roster for the remainder of Sunday's contest.
With Tyler Eifert (ankle) headed for injured reserve, the Bengals have added another piece to the puzzle in Lengel, who should serve as a depth option for the club. He played just one offensive snap with the Browns last season and has appeared in just seven games during his career, suggesting he likely won't see the field much with his new club.
Lengel dressed in just one game for the Browns last season and played one snap on offense and four on special teams. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end did make two catches and scored a touchdown in 2016 for the Patriots, but with that as the pinnacle of his career, he'll have to prove himself in training camp if he wants to snag a depth role in 2018.
Lengel was waived by the Browns on Thursday.
Lengel appeared in only one game during the Browns' 2017 season, and did not see a single target. A 2016 stint with the Patriots makes up the majority of Lengel's NFL experience, where he recorded two receptions and a touchdown. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end will spend the offseason working to earn a depth role with another team.
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