The Cincinnati Bengals have bolstered their running back depth after placing Jeremy Hill on injured reserve over the weekend.
On Tuesday, the team announced that running back Brian Hill had been signed to the 53-man roster. He was previously on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad before being signed by Cincinnati on Tuesday.
To make room for Hill, the team waived linebacker Hardy Nickerson. The Bengals also signed cornerback Sojourn Shelton to the practice squad.
Hill made Atlanta’s 53-player roster to start the season and played on special teams in one game (Week 4). The Falcons waived him on Oct. 14 and signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 17.
At Wyoming, Hill played three seasons and set school career records for rushing yards (4287; no Cowboys player had even topped 3000 rushing yards prior to Hill) and rushing TDs (35). As a junior, he also set school single-season records for rushing yards (1860), rushing TDs (22) and total TDs (22).
Nickerson, who has bounced between the Bengals’ 53-man roster and practice squad, played in seven Bengals games this season and recorded two tackles (both assists) on special teams. He also spent two games on the team’s practice squad in Weeks 4 and 5. If Nickerson clears waivers, he’ll likely be signed to the empty practice squad spot later in the week.
This is the second stint on the Bengals practice squad this season for Shelton, a rookie out of the University of Wisconsin. He had been signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4 and released from the practice squad on Oct. 27.