UPDATE: Oct. 2, 2017, 4:45 p.m. — Cincinnati Bengals rookie Carl Lawson has his smile back after breaking two teeth in Sunday’s win at Cleveland.
Lawson took the accident in stride, joking about it after the game and showing off his sense of humor on Twitter earlier Monday when he posted a photo of his teeth in a jar with the caption, “Does the tooth fairy grant sacks, tackles, Tfls and wins.”
The Bengals official Twitter account tweeted a message commending Lawson for “leaving it all on the field,” to which the rookie replied “I have no idea what you guys are talking about” with an accompanying photo of him showing off his fixed smile.
First Report: Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. — Even in helping the Cincinnati Bengals secure their first win of the season, defensive end Carl Lawson took a loss.
The rookie chipped his front top teeth when he hit Cleveland quarterback DeShone Kizer on a fourth-and-10 play in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 31-7 win against Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“The one time I got him down, I ended up missing my teeth,” said Lawson, who didn’t get credit for a sack on the play when the officials said Kizer’s arm was moving forward and ruled an incomplete pass.
“I guess it’s a give and take,” Lawson said. “I just know I got around the edge and I thought I got a sack, but they said the ball was going forward. I just remember seeing my teeth in the air for like two seconds. I was like, ‘Oh, crap.’”
Lawson wasn’t wearing a mouthpiece, and as he was talking to the media about his teeth, teammate Kevin Minter chimed in from two lockers away.
“You’ll listen now,” Minter said. “I’ve been telling him since training camp. He looks like a fool now.”
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Lawson, who said he was hoping to find an oral surgeon to work on him when the team returned to Cincinnati Sunday night, shrugged off the accident.
“If they’d got knocked out on any other play, I’d probably have been upset,” Lawson said. “It was a good rush, but I sacrificed my teeth for it.”