Though the Bengals are shorthanded at cornerback right now, they won't be bringing back one familiar face to help round out the position. Per Adam Caplan, the Minnesota Vikings have claimed the former Bengals and Eagles defensive back off of waivers.
Prater was a fifth-round selection by the Bengals in the 2012 draft alongside fellow first round corner, Dre Kirkpatrick. The two shared a frustrating rookie campaign because of injuries and Prater's entire season was wiped out because of a knee injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve and awaited his opportunity this year.
Unfortunately, Prater didn't show the coaches enough to stick around and was released. The Eagles picked him up and he only played in one game with no statistics. We don't know at this point if the Bengals happened to put a claim in on Prater, but given how the waiver wire works, they still would have lost out to the Vikings because of each team's respective records.
Prater finished his collegiate career at the University of Iowa with seven interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.