The Bengals have activated Cedric Peerman to the 53-man roster.
Cincinnati announced the move Saturday in addition to elevating long-snapper Tyler Ott off the practice squad and onto the 53 man roster. To make room, the Bengals waived backup defensive tackle DeShawn Williams, who the team will likely try and get back onto the practice squad.
These moves come in light of the Bengals making two major changes to the final injury report following their Saturday walkthrough. Long-snapper Clark Harris was downgraded to doubtful after being limited in practice all week due to a groin injury.
Derron Smith, who was initially listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report, has now been ruled out for Sunday’s game due to a thigh injury. That kept him out of practice on Friday after he was limited Thursday.
Smith was set to start Sunday with Shawn Williams doubtful to play with a hamstring injury. With those two now likely out in Baltimore, expect cornerback Josh Shaw to move up to safety, while seventh-round rookie Clayton Fejedelem will be the lone backup safety.
Ott, a 6’3”, 250-pound long-snapper out of Harvard, is classified as a first-year NFL player. He has one game on an NFL regular-season roster, having snapped for the Giants in their 2015 regular season finale vs the Eagles. He first entered the NFL in 2014 as a college free agent with the New England Patriots, and he played with the Rams in the 2015 preseason.
As for Williams, he's a first-year player who joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson last year. He has been a gameday inactive for all 10 games this season. This move was made in part because defensive tackle Brandon Thompson is back practicing and will likely be activated to the 53-man roster at some point in the coming weeks. He just came off PUP last week.