Bengals rookie defensive end Joseph Ossai will have knee surgery this week for a meniscus injury, a source tells The Athletic, confirming an NFL Network report. Ossai could potentially miss the entire season with the injury.
Ossai felt the knee issue one day after the Bengals' preseason win over the Buccaneers on Aug. 14. The rookie suffered a wrist injury in the second half and exited the game. While his wrist was being assessed, the team also looked at Ossai's knee and found the meniscus injury.
The third-round pick out of Texas had an impressive preseason debut, sacking quarterback Tom Brady once and adding another QB hit. He did not play in this week's preseason game against the Washington Football Team.
Cincinnati announced Sunday that it signed free-agent defensive end Noah Spence. A fifth-year player out of Eastern Kentucky, Spence has played for the Buccaneers, Washington and the Saints, who released him on Aug. 16. Through 41 career games, Spence has 37 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 16 QB hits and four forced fumbles.