Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Carl Lawson has been a pleasant surprise this season, but he got a rather unpleasant surprise of his own against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Leading 31-0 early in the fourth quarter, Lawson got to Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer for what he thought was a strip-sack. Unfortunately for Lawson, officials would rule that Kizer had gotten the pass off. And, oh by the way… he lost two teeth in the process.
“When I’m bringing him down I see my teeth just in the air,” Lawson said according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m like, ‘oh crap.’ ”
Lawson was able to joke about it after the fact thanks, in large part, to a 31-7 victory. However, he admitted that he’ll be making a crucial change to prevent something like this from happening again moving forward: wearing a mouthguard.
The fourth-round pick at the 2017 NFL Draft who played collegiately at Auburn has been excellent in his inaugural season. Pro Football Focus rates him as the No. 16 edge defender in all of football with a stellar 83.1 grade.
Lawson has recorded 2.5 sacks and has continued to earn a larger and larger role in the Bengals defense.
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