According to both Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com and Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals are still talking with defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene. Fanene, one of the team's seventh round picks during the 2005 NFL Draft, has 55 career games under his belt, including 15 starts. He turned in his best season during Cincinnati's 2009 AFC North championship season when Antwan Odom suffered a season-ending injury, allowing Fanene to start in his place and post a career-high six quarterback sacks. Fanene also posted an interception and touchdown that season.
Unfortunately injury has been as much apart of Fanene's career as anything. He was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List in 2006, missing the first six games with a hamstring injury. A knee injury forced him to miss another game in 2007. Between 2008 and 2009, Fanene remained relatively healthy, playing all 32 regular season games. Then he suffered a hamstring injury in 2010, able to only play two games before heading to Injured Reserve on November 18.