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How the Bengals can release one and be within the 75-man roster

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The Bengals have six more transactions to make before they're complying with league rules on the 75-man maximum.

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After releasing six players on Sunday, the number of players on Cincinnati's roster was reduced to 81. That's good. But per league rules, the Bengals have to cut six more by 4 p.m. this Tuesday to fall within the 75-man maximum.

In all honesty, it was a little weird that they'd release six and not declare the rest. Considering that the team was off on Sunday with two scheduled practices from now until the deadline, what could they learn about the players on the bubble that they haven't already learned?

But it's possible that the Bengals may only have to cut one.

With fullback Chris Pressley, quarterback Zac Robinson and running back Bernard Scott possibly landing on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, the Bengals can move those players to the in-season PUP, reducing their number to 78. How can the Bengals do that before the season? It's not prohibited and the Tennessee Titans actually announced a similar move with Kevin Walter on Monday.

Cincinnati can follow that up by placing linebacker Brandon Joiner (ACL) and Sean Porter (torn shoulder labrum) on Injured Reserve. Maybin suffered an ACL injury last week during practice and the team is reportedly deciding whether or not Porter requires season-ending shoulder injury.

Now that number is down to 76, leaving one player that the team will have to release prior to the deadline.