The Bengals have placed cornerback Chykie Brown on season-ending Injured Reserve.
This follows Brown injuring his knee in the Bengals’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday. With the open roster spot, the Bengals have re-signed defensive tackle DeShawn Williams, who was cut on Saturday to make room for a backup long snapper.
Brown played in five games this season, with two special teams tackles. Brown didn't play for an NFL team in 2015 but spent the first three and a half years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens before getting cut in the middle of the 2014 season and joining the Giants for eight games that season. It’s a strange twist of fate that Brown’s season ended in the city where he started his NFL career as a fifth round draft pick in 2011.
Brown has played in 59 games with 6 starts during his NFL career. He's compiled 68 tackles and 10 passes deflected during that span.
Brown joined the Bengals in February 2016 and surprisingly made the final roster in September. Most Bengals fans know Brown more for being on the wrong end of an A.J. Green game-winning touchdown in Baltimore during the 2014 season than for what he did for the Bengals.
Brown will become a free agent in March 2017.
With Brown done for the season, the Bengals still have five cornerbacks on the roster in Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard, Josh Shaw and Keivarae Russell. Last week, the Bengals opted to bring back Cedric Peerman from Injured Reserve, using their one designation to return tag. In doing so, they ended rookie first round draft pick William Jackson III’s season.
An injury is never the way you want to see a player’s season end, but such is the case for Brown. We wish him a speedy recovery.