The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Friday that they placed rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner, who they signed following the 2012 NFL Draft, on the Reserve/Did Not Report list. Now some of you might be thinking, who the heck is this Joiner guy. Haven't really heard about him.
You might not have. But there's a good reason for the decision by Cincinnati to place him on that list.
On May 25, 2012, Joiner was sentenced to three years in prison after being indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery and felony drug possession. Joiner's lawyer said at the time of his client's conviction that he expects Joiner to be released on parole at some point later this year. The Bengals decided to retain his rights for the time being.
The move by the Bengals to place Joiner on the Reserve/Did Not Report list is more procedural so that Joiner won't count against the team's 90-man roster and his (albiet small) salary would be off the books; much like they did with Carson Palmer last year.