Bengals fullback Johnson headed to IR

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis revealed during his afternoon press conference on Wednesday that fullback Jeremi Johnson will be placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Lewis didn’t specify the type of injury, but said that Johnson was originally injured during Monday’s practice, although he was able to finish. Johnson underwent a knee scope on Wednesday morning.

Johnson has been the primary fullback in Cincy since he was a fourth-round draft choice in 2003, opening holes for the now-departed Rudi Johnson to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Jeremi Johnson started nine games last season, and has started 46 career contests while not missing a game during his five NFL seasons.

Lewis noted that the Bengals might not pick up a player before the regular-season opener to replace Johnson on the 53-man roster. Daniel Coats, a second-year player who is a converted tight end, is currently the only other fullback on the roster. Bengals.com reports third-year wide receiver Chad Jackson, a former second-round draft pick of the Patriots, has visited the Bengals.

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