CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Members of the Cincinnati Bengals training staff look over Pat Sims #90 of the Cincinnati Bengals after he was injured on the field during game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals open Monday with the need to reduce their overall roster to 75, capitulating to the league's deadline for all NFL teams to reduce their maximum roster from 90 players to 75. Cincinnati made moves on Friday, reducing that number to 76, leaving one remaining transaction before the 4 PM deadline. And it wouldn't be a surprise if defensive tackle Pat Sims is that player. The team can transition Sims from Active/PUP to Reserve/PUP, exclusing him from counting against the roster, though forces the defensive tackle to sit out the first six weeks of the regular season. They could also release Sims with an injury settlement or place him on Injured Reserve.
But then the transaction might not be Sims at all. It could be any number of players with the hope that Sims' recovers enough this week to warrant a roster spot after the August 31 deadline, reducing the team's maximum roster from 75 to 53. Either way, something is going to happen.
+ We reviewed a couple things during the loss to the Green Bay Packers, including Geno Atkins' role in disrupting Green Bay's opening drive, more red zone failures by the Bengals first-team offense, the lack of containment against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the struggles with Cincinnati's secondary with the first-team defense and the overall issues with the first-team offense. It was that kind of game.
+ Robert Geathers is close to returning, along with Dre Kirkpatrick, Jason Allen and Adam Jones with the latter three postulating that they may play the preseason finale in Indianapolis on Thursday.
+ The Cincinnati Bengals are noting some concern with the production of the first-team rushing offense.
+ Head coach Marvin Lewis is clearly showing he favors Taylor Mays over Jeromy Miles as the team's starting strong safety.
+ Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive guard could miss the entire season after reportedly tearing his MCL along with other damage in his knee.
+ After having his knee scoped on Thursday, Jonathan Fanene could miss upwards to eight weeks before signing with a new team.
+ Seattle released Terrell Owens on Sunday.