Bengals OT Smith To Miss Second Straight Game

Bengals starting right tackle Andre Smith will miss Monday's nationally televised home game against the Houston Texans, paving the way for another start by veteran Eric Winston. It is Smith's 30th missed start in his seven-year Bengals career.

Andre Smith is going to miss his second straight game Monday against the Houston Texans.

Smith did not play Week 9 against Cleveland.

The Bengals starting right tackle is out again due to a concussion.

He was officially ruled out of Monday's game on Saturday.

Smith's absence paves the way for a second start in a row by veteran Eric Winston. It'll be Winston's job to help protect the right edge against Houston left defensive end Jared Crick.

Smith also missed last season's game against the Texans in Houston. He was en route to being ruled out for the season with a triceps injury when the game was played Week 11.

Smith has been the Bengals’ primary starting right offensive tackle since October of 2010, but he's had a checkered history so far as staying on the field.

After an unhealthy start to his career his first two years when he missed 19 of 32 games, Smith played all but two games from 2011-13. He missed seven games last season.

In his seven Bengals season, Smith has played all 16 games just twice. This will be his 30th missed contest in what is scheduled to be his 105th career NFL game, had he played every one. Smith has played in 75 games, an average of about 10 per season.

Smith is in the final year of his Cincinnati contract, and it's thought that the Bengals are on the fence about keeping him beyond this season, which is one of the reasons why the team selected a pair of offensive tackles with the first two picks of the year's draft.

Elsewhere on the Bengals' health front for Monday, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and right guard Kevin Zeitler are probable after being limited all week.

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