Bengals Waive Third-Year Safety Robert Sands

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The waiving of Sands caps off a turbulent couple of years for the young safety. His entire 2012 season was wiped out due to an injury and he was arrested earlier in 2013 on assault and domestic battery charges.

On Wednesday, the Bengals made a surprise roster move, waiving a defensive back who was recently arrested on assault charges. And in case you somehow made it this far without reading this article's title, it isn't Adam Jones.

According to the official Twitter account of Pro Football Talk (and later confirmed by the Bengal's own account), the player on the outs in Cincinnati is third-year safety Robert Sands. Initially drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft, the imposing 6'4" Sands never quite lived up to expectations for the Bengals. During his rookie season, he was active for only one game and recorded zero tackles, but did receive a short-lived burst of notoriety after he was incorrectly attributed with a blocked punt (after further review the block was credited to the now-departed Dan Skuta).

The following year, Sands injured his pectoral muscle, wiping out his entire 2012 campaign. Things only got worse for Sands during 2013. In January, he was arrested on assault and domestic battery charges stemming from an incident involving his wife.

The move leaves the Bengals with 89 players on the roster (including unsigned tight end Tyler Eifert), one below the maximum cap of 90.

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