Andrews has torn ACL in right knee
Right tackle Stacy Andrews has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, leaving the Bengals' franchise player with an uncertain future heading into the offseason.
Andrews hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of a 14-0 victory over Cleveland that gave the Bengals (3-11-1) their first back-to-back victories of the season. Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that tests confirmed the extent of the injury, which will require reconstructive surgery.
"Stacy looks to have torn the ACL and other ligaments in his knee after the scans came back," Lewis said. "I'm sure he'll concur with his representation on what the best plan of actions are, and then consult with our doctors and go from there."
Tackle Dennis Roland, who was promoted from the practice squad last month, is expected to start the final game against Kansas City.
Andrews is the third member of the line to suffer a significant injury, contributing to the Bengals' standing as one of the NFL's worst offenses. Left tackle Levi Jones has been sidelined by various injuries, and left guard Andrew Whitworth is out with an ankle injury.
Last February, the Bengals used their franchise tag on Andrews, a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. They released right tackle Willie Anderson at the end of training camp, after they concluded Andrews had won the job. Andrews will be a free agent after the season.
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