On Saturday, the team placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve and waived backup kicker Marshall Koehn. To fill those spots, the team signed rookie safety Brandon Wilson and rookie defensive tackle Josh Tupou from the practice squad to the 53-player roster.
Hill, who is now done for the season due to an ankle injury, played in seven games (seven starts) and recorded 37 carries for 116 yards (3.1-yard average), as well as four catches for 16 yards.
Koehn had signed with the team on Nov. 4 and played in last week’s game at Jacksonville while filling in for the injured Randy Bullock. Koehn had no field goal attempts against the Jaguars, but he handled kickoff responsibilities and converted his lone PAT attempt.
Wilson, a rookie out of the University of Houston, was the second of two Bengals sixth-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. He had been on Cincinnati’s practice squad the entire season thus far. Luckily for the Bengals, Wilson has defensive back and running back experience as he was used in both spots in college. Many NFL analysts protected he'd be best at running back. With Shawn Williams banged up and Derron Smith newly of to Cleveland, Wilson is exactly the versatile threat the Bengals need right now. He also has special teams returner experience, which could come in handy, too.
Tupou, a rookie defensive tackle, signed with the Bengals as a college free agent out the University of Colorado after this year’s draft. He also had spent the entire season on the Bengals’ practice squad.