BENGALS SIGNED JOSH BROWN
With Mike Nugent expected to sit out one, likely two games down the stretch with a calf injury, the Bengals needed a kicker. They invited Neil Rackers and Billy Cundiff for a workout on Thursday, but signed veteran Josh Brown, who according to Elias has kicked seven career winning field goals in the final two minutes and in overtime.
Don't worry. It's not a long term solution. Most reports seem to indicate, or at the very least hint, a two week absence from Nugent at the most.
RELEASED JEFF FAINE
Center Jeff Faine was an obvious cut, but we had figured it would come with Kyle Cook's activation on the 53-man roster.
Yet it doesn't really matter the order; it was just a foregone conclusion once Trevor Robinson became the team's regular center during Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.
KYLE COOK ACTIVATION?
As Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, tight end Jermaine Gresham is dealing with a hamstring that kept him out of practice on Thursday. The most likely player that was going to be released if Cook were activated prior to Sunday's game was tight end Richard Quinn. However if Gresham can't go against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, they'll need a backup to rookie Orson Charles.
JERMAINE GRESHAM INJURY
Bengals starting tight end Jermaine Gresham was one of four players that didn't practice on Thursday. Gresham was limited on Wednesday with a hamstring, yet sat during Thursday's session. Joining Gresham was Dre Kirkpatrick, who hasn't passed concussion tests, Mike Nugent and Cedric Peerman, both of whom are out for a couple of weeks.