With his migraines returning, which causes a sense of uncertainty with the rest of the season, the Bengals decided to place Dontay Moch on IR and recall a bright young linebacker from training camp.
The Cincinnati Bengals placed Bengals defensive end/linebacker hybrid (or whatever) Dontay Moch on season-ending Injured Reserve Friday. Actually it's called the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, after his returning migraines have already began putting his season in serious jeopardy after head coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that his migraines had returned. Last year when his migraines were affecting him, the second-year linebacker was unable to even practice, much less play.
When it was all said and done, along with a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances and a series of debilitating migraines, Moch will have only played one of a possible 32 games and five defensive snaps.
The team promoted linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to the 53-man roster.
Lamur, an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State who was first a tryout player during Cincinnati rookie minicamp, spent training camp and preseason impressing the coaching staff, earning a spot on the practice squad. At one point during the preseason, while Vontaze Burfict was generating some interest, head coach Marvin Lewis praised Lamur:
"He's what they're supposed to look like," Lewis said of Lamur. "He's doing a good job on the field mentally. That's what you like about him. Linebackers that develop in the NFL have that kind of stature. They can turn into that 6-3, 250-pound guy that can really run. He can run and understand ... he's a great prospect."
A predraft scouting report called Lamur a "tall, lean linebacker who possesses the body of a defensive back" that:
...possesses a long set of arms and when he puts himself in position to make a play on the ball carrier is patient when asked to breakdown. Wraps well on contact and does a nice job dragging his man to the ground. Isn't a physical striker and doesn't create much snap into contact, but is a solid tackler in tight areas. Doesn't display great instincts though inside, routinely will take himself out of plays with false steps and when he does need to close quickly in pursuit, loses balance into contact and ends up easily being knocked out of the play and/or on to the ground.