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Bengals Release Six Including Quarterback Jordan Palmer And Defensive Backs Fred Bennett And Tom Nelson

The Cincinnati Bengals released seven players on Saturday, including backup quarterback Jordan Palmer. Even though he was healthy and capable, Palmer didn't take a single snap in the previous two preseason games against the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. This marks the supposed end of the Palmer era, with both brothers leaving the team within seven months, starting with Carson's supposed retirement.

This also leaves the Bengals with three quarterbacks, starting with rookie Andy Dalton, veteran Bruce Gradkowski and third-string Dan LeFevour -- and there's always the chance Cincinnati goes into the regular season with only two quarterbacks, meaning that LeFevour isn't necessarily safe.

Cincinnati also terminated the contract of safety Tom Nelson, leaving six safeties on the roster starting with Reggie Nelson and Chris Crocker with Taylor Mays, Robert Sands, Gibril Wilson, and Jeromy Miles. Fan favorite Fred Bennett was also released on Saturday, was defensive back LeRoy Vann, linebacker Stephen Franklin and wide receiver Jamere Holland.

The Bengals roster is now down to 80 players, which is the maximum roster limit with an August 30 deadline. Cincinnati will still have to cut another 27 players by this time next week.