Tupou Heads To IR As Front Seven Injuries Mount

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (91), defensive tackle Adolphus Washington (92) and outside linebacker Vincent Rey (57) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

The Bengals' spate injuries along the front seven didn't take Thanksgiving off. On Thursday the Bengals announced they put rotational nose tackle Josh Tupou on season-ending injured reserve with what is believed to be a torn pectoral muscle and plucked rookie nose tackle Niles Scott off the Denver practice squad to replace him.

Tupou, a second-year player, got more time when defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow suffered an ACL tear back in September and finished playing in six games with nine tackles on 20 percent of the snaps. He was in on 30 plays in three of the last four games and saw the most work of his career in the last two games with 42 and 37, respectively. He was the only backup for Andrew Billings and now after he got hurt in Wednesday's practice the Bengals have to turn to the 6-3, 295-pound Scott, an undrafted free agent signed by the 49ers after this year's draft.

Tupou joins Glasgow and end Carl Lawson as other regular rotational defensive linemen shelved for the year, along with middle linebacker Preston Brown, and becomes the seventh regular to go on injured reserve. Plus, another back-up defensive tackle, Adolphus Washington (knee) has missed the last two games and practice squad rookie tackle Andrew Brown suffered a season-ending broken wrist last week.

Scott's good preseason with San Francisco caught the Bengals' eye after a big-time-senior year with small school Frostburg State, where he had 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 51 tackles to earn Division III's All-East Region Defensive Player of the Year and a spot on the Associated Press' Little All-America First Team.