The Cincinnati Bengals have placed outside linebacker Sean Porter on season-ending injured reserve. To replace him, the team claimed Khairi Fortt off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints waived Fortt, their 2014 fourth round draft pick, on Monday. A rookie linebacker out of Cal, Fortt was on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
He would have been eligible to return to practice following the bye week. Fortt sustained a leg injury during Game 2 of the preseason and was given the designation to return status on Sept 3.
It doesn't sound like there's any concern by the Bengals regarding Fortt's health, who could be called upon to contribute on special teams as early as this week if Vontaze Burfict isn't back from his concussion.
Fortt was on IR to return for Saints but he's expected to pass physical— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 7, 2014
As for Porter, his knee injury came during the first quarter of the Sunday night massacre in New England. On the game's opening kickoff, Porter injured his knee while running down the field on a touchback.
This marks the latest injury for an injury-prone player. This was the first career game for the 2013 fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M. After missing his entire rookie season with a pectoral injury, Porter missed most of the season with knee and hamstring injuries.
This is sadly now another lost season for Porter. The former Aggies star has shown flashes in practice when he's been healthy enough to even practice. He still has yet to show any flashes in games, preseason or regular season.