Cincinnati Bengals rookie defensive end Carl Lawson will be facing the Bills on Sunday minus two teeth.
For some reason, Lawson was not wearing a mouthpiece when he went to sack Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer. As he made the tackle, he saw the teeth go flying.
They were later spotted by a Cincinnati Enquirer photographer in a small jar on the sideline.
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"I got around the edge, and I thought I got a sack, but they said the ball was going forward," Lawson told ESPN.com. "When I was bringing him down, I just see my teeth in the air for like two seconds. I was like, 'Holy crap.' "
Lawson termed it a “freak accident” and said it would not have mattered if he were wearing a mouthpiece. He said he planned to see a dentist when the team returned to Cincinnati.
Despite the damage – and razzing from teammates – Lawson seemed to take it in stride.
"If it had gotten knocked out any other play, I probably would've been more upset, but that was a good rush,” he said. “I sacrificed my teeth for it."