It looks like the Bengals will be missing defensive tackle D.J. Reader for quite some time.
Reader left Sunday’s win over the Jets with a knee injury and Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reader is expected to miss an extended period of time as he recovers. That will make him a candidate for injured reserve and he’ll have to miss at least four games if he winds up on that list.
Reader has 10 tackles and a fumble recovery this season. After his first season with the Bengals was cut short by a quad injury, Reader returned to make 15 starts last season and had 43 tackles and two sacks in those games. He added 12 tackles and a sack in the postseason.
Josh Tupou will likely step into a larger role alongside B.J. Hill for as long as Reader is out of action.