CINCINNATI -- One day after learning left offensive guard Clint Boling tore his ACL in Sunday's 17-10 win at San Diego, the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday placed Boling on season-ending injured reserve and re-signed fellow lineman Dennis Roland.
Roland was on the Bengals' roster for three games earlier this season before getting waived. He comes back as the Bengals look to shore up depth on their line amid the possibility that they may shake up the lineup to feature Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth at Boling's old spot.
A third-year player from the University of Georgia, Boling started every game for the Bengals last season, and did the same in all 12 of this year's contests. He only lasted five plays against the Chargers on Sunday, though, going down on just the second drive of the game. Almost instantly the Bengals knew the injury was serious when Boling needed to be helped off the field by tight end Alex Smith.
Boling becomes the ninth Bengals player to head to the IR, and the first on offense. Receiver Andrew Hawkins was lost for all of the preseason and half of the regular season when he was added to the IR/designated to return list in August. He was the only other non-PUP (physically unable to perform list) offensive player to miss significant time this season. Hawkins came back at Miami four games ago.
Also a Georgia product, Roland is a sixth-year player who has spent his entire career with the Bengals. Although he was released Sept. 25, he didn't play for any other team before getting re-signed Tuesday. He has seen action in 69 career games and three postseason games. A tackle by trade, Roland's arrival could be a sign the Bengals are bolstering their depth at offensive tackle in the event they decide to move Whitworth to Boling's position more permanently.
After Boling went down Sunday, the Bengals' offensive line -- with Whitworth at left guard, reserve Anthony Collins at left tackle and Mike Pollak at right guard in place of an injured Kevin Zeitler -- led the way for a 164-yard team rushing performance. It was among the top three rushing efforts for Cincinnati this season.