The Cincinnati Bengals have placed tight end Alex Smith and defensive tackle Devon Still on season-ending Injured Reserve, the team announced on Monday. Smith suffered a dislocated wrist against the Baltimore Ravens and Still suffered a herniated disc during practice on Dec. 18.
They used one roster spot for free agent defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo, a fourth-year player out of Michigan State. Nwagbuo (6-5, 312) has 36 career NFL games played with six starts. He played for San Diego from 2009-11 and also was with Carolina in ’11. He played in one game for Detroit in 2012 and was with the Lions in the 2013 preseason, waived on Aug. 31. He has 44 career tackles, including 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
Cincinnati also signed two players, cornerback Brandon Burton and defensive tackle Zach Minter, to Reserve/Future deals, meaning that they are not part of the 53-man roster and won't count on the active roster until the day following the Super Bowl.
Burton (5-11, 190; Utah) is a third-year NFL player. He played in 14 games with one start for Minnesota over 2011-12. He was with the Vikings in the 2013 preseason and played in Games 1-5 of this season with Buffalo, waived on Oct. 28.
Minter (6-1, 297; Montana State) signed with Chicago this past may as a college free agent and played in two games before being waived on Nov. 5.