The Cincinnati Bengals have made three roster moves following Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams, the most notable of which being linebacker Sean Porter getting waived. The Bengals also made a move on the practice squad by releasing offensive guard Dan France and signing cornerback Asa Jackson to replace him.
Tuesday was the deadline for the team to make a decision on Porter after allowing him to begin practicing while remaining on PUP list three weeks ago. The only way Porter was going to be activated to the 53-man roster was if Cincinnati suffered an injury at linebacker, which thankfully has not happened.
Porter, a former fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M in the 2013 NFL draft, opened the year on PUP due to a torn ACL suffered last season. He's been injury prone ever since he came to Cincinnati while failing to show anything on the field when he was briefly healthy. Porter was cleared to practice three weeks ago while being given a roster exemption to practice but not count toward the 53-man roster between then and now.
It's worth pointing out that Porter could be signed to the practice squad once he clears waivers as he still has eligibility there. He could also revert to the Bengals' Injured/Reserve list, if no other teams claims him in the next 24 hours.
Jackson, a Ravens fifth-round pick out of Cal Poly in the 2012 NFL Draft, was with Baltimore from 2012-15 while appearing in 18 games (6 starts, all in 2014). He was used mostly on special teams before an onslaught of injuries forced Jackson into the starting lineup last season, Jackson experienced a sprained toe midway through the year in 2014, leading to him being placed on I.R. with the designation to return.
Once he came back, Jackson then tore his PCL and was placed on I.R. for good. He was cut by Baltimore two weeks ago due to an ankle injury. Amazingly, Jackson has been in the NFL for four years now, yet still has practice squad eligibility. He has just 22 career tackles and three pass deflections with no interceptions.
This move is likely being made in light of Sunday's game that saw cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris leave with a rib injury and not return. Depending on how serious it is, we may eventually see Jackson called up to the 53-man roster as the fifth or sixth corner. As of now, the Bengals have only five corners on the 53-man roster after placing Darqueze Dennard on I.R. last week, so Cincinnati is just one injury away from Jackson or another corner joining to the 53-man roster.
As for France, he spent 2014 and the first 12 weeks of this season on the Bengals' practice squad after signing with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent guard out of Michigan State. He never was able to crack the 53-man roster, and Cincinnati already has plenty of depth along the offensive line, making Jackson more valuable than France.