By 4 PM on Monday the NFL requires teams to set a maximum roster of 75 players, meaning that the Cincinnati Bengals have to remove ten players from their roster. They made nine moves on Friday to fall one within the limit.
The Bengals announced that the following players are being placed on Injured Reserve:
CB BRANDON GHEE (wrist): Left an early training camp practice clutching his hand, later believed to be a broken wrist. It was already presumed that he was lost for the season. Ghee was having one of the better stories in camp, vying not only for a spot on 53-man roster, but complicating the starting lineup. Unfortunately a red zone pass forced Ghee to land awkwardly on his hand.
CB SHAUN PRATER (knee): He began missing practices early during training camp when a report from NFL.com broke that he'd need a procedure around his patella, taking upwards to four months to rehabilitate.
CB TAVEON ROGERS (shoulder): Appears to be an injury during the Green Bay Packers game, which he played. Due to the other injuries at cornerback, Rogers was asked to move from wide receiver to cornerback. Now he's one of the injured. Irony at its finest.
SAFETY ROBERT SANDS (chest): Suffered a pectoral injury, possibly a tear, at some point against the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday.
OG TRAVELLE WHARTON (knee): Blew out his knee on the third offensive snap of the preseason.
Cincinnati also announced that four players have been placed on waivers:
DE LUKE BLACK: Signed Black on August 18, largely as a camp body while the defensive end position was nursing injuries between Robert Geathers and Carlos Dunlap.
RB AARON BROWN: Bengals signed Brown on February 17, 2012, but the former TCU running back averaged only one yard per rush (14 rushes, 14 yards) in three preseason games.
QB TYLER HANSEN: Played his first preseason game on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers and tossed a 30-yard pass to rookie Justin Hilton on his first pass attempt. He subsequently threw a pick-six on his next attempt.
OG MATT MURPHY: Claimed off waivers on May 21, 2012 from the Indianapolis Colts. Largely became irrelevant with the work being put in from Dennis Roland and Anthony Collins at guard, as well as the strong work from Trevor Robinson who has worked most of the preseason games as the backup center (remember the coaches love versatility and Robinson is labeled as a guard).