Bengals put Thomas Howard on IR

Updated: September 14, 2012, 5:44 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- The Bengals placed starting outside linebacker Thomas Howard on season-ending injured reserve after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Thursday's practice, the team announced Friday.

Howard, a seven-year veteran from UTEP, was Cincinnati's tackling leader last season with 120 stops, and started in the Bengals' Week 1 loss to the Ravens on Monday night. He had four tackles, including a sack, and a pass defensed in the 44-13 defeat.

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