CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Taveon Rogers #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The infirmary list for the Cincinnati Bengals has been somewhat extensive with cornerbacks. Dre Kirkpatrick remains on the Non-Football Injury list with a knee. Adam Jones, on and off the field with a hamstring, has already missed three of the last five practices and limited the other two. Rookie Shaun Prater (knee) has been absent during the previous five practices and Brandon Ghee suffered a hand injury on Thursday that may keep him out for an extended period of time. Jason Allen was a new arrival on the infirmary list on Friday.
The situation has forced players to practice out of position. George Iloka has already taken defensive snaps as a cornerback and now head coach Marvin Lewis is looking at offensive players to fill the cornerback void.
Rookie wide receiver Taveon Rogers participated on defense for a handful of snaps, even breaking up a pass that fired up the defense during Friday's practice.
Rogers, who has some secondary experience in his career, realizes that his chance to make the 53-man roster ultimately comes down to how versatile he can prove himself to be.
"I’m trying to make myself more versatile on the team," he said. "I can play receiver, special teams or cornerback. The more positions you play the longer you’ll stay in this league."
Cincinnati signed Rogers, who earned second-team WAC honors as a receiver and first-team WAC as special teams player in college at New Mexico State, as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL draft.