Evans will start at outside linebacker during Sunday’s tilt against the Browns, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Evans draws the start while Vontaze Burfict moves to middle linebacker, and the former should be busy Sunday with fellow outside linebacker Nick Vigil (knee) sidelined. Evans is up to 47 tackles (31 solo) and 1.5 sacks through 10 games this season.
Evans (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Evans didn’t practice the last two weeks and will finish 2018 missing the final two games of the season. The Bengals’ desperate injury situation forces the team to put him on injured reserve, rather than simply ruling him out. Hardy Nickerson and Nick Vigil should continue to dominate the snaps at linebacker Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Evans (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Evans sat out last week’s loss to the Browns and was a non-participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. The second-year pro is trending towards sitting out Week 17, in which case Vincent Rey would slot into the starting lineup versus Pittsburgh.
Evans recorded nine tackles during Sunday’s loss to the Saints.
Evans has logged the two highest snap counts of his career each of the past two weeks and subsequently averaged 10 tackles a contest while adding a pick-six for good measure. With Vontaze Burfict (hip), Preston Brown (leg), Nick Vigil (knee) and Vincent Rey (groin) all uncertain to play in Week 11 against the Ravens, Evans could be in store for yet another productive outing.
Evans won’t return to Sunday’s game against the Raiders after sustaining a left ankle injury.
Evans sustained the injury in the first half and was declared out shortly after halftime. Vincent Rey has taken over at weakside linebacker for the Bengals in his absence.