The No. 1 goal of the night for the Bengals in the final preseason game was to emerge healthy. Unfortunately for the team and Emmanuel Lamur that didn't happen.

The second-year linebacker sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter and had to be taken off on a cart.

Lamur attacked to make a tackle on a third-down play and after contact went to the turf. Trainers worked on his shoulder and as the pain got worse the cart was called out.

“It slipped out and they slipped it back into place” Marvin Lewis said about Lamur's shoulder. “But that's about all we know we'll have to see how he responds.”

The loss comes at an inopportune time and position. Lamur (6-4 240) packed on extra muscle this offseason and impressed the coaches enough to emerge as the starting linebacker in nickel packages. He also backed up both outside linebacker spots. His speed for his size in coverage stood among the best on the team.

Lamur spent the first seven games last season on the practice squad and played in all nine games after with 19 tackles. He started the playoff game in Houston with four tackles three solo.

If the injury turns out to be serious it places another dent in the suddenly diminishing linebacker room. Fourth-round pick Sean Porter (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve this week along with Brandon Joiner (ACL).

The Porter injury seemingly opened up a spot for undrafted rookie Jayson DiManche to play his way onto the roster. Now a second injury could open a spot for University of Cincinnati product JK Schaffer or others.