The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed Josh Tupou to the practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.
Tupou was waived earlier this week to make room for Pat Sims, who was re-signed to the 53-man roster after being waived last weekend. The Bengals felt they needed Tupou on the roster after Sims missed the last two games with a calf injury, but while the rookie was called up last week, he was inactive for the team’s Week 11 win at Denver.
The 6'3", 325-pound Tupou signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado this year. In his senior season at Colorado, Tupou racked up 45 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. He's a big run-stuffer who could find his way onto an NFL field someday thanks to his size, strength, and ability to hold his gap on the interior.
Tupou was actually one of the few undrafted free agents Cincinnati got that had a draftable grade. NFL.com has him rated as a round 5-6 prospect. He’s spent most of the season on the practice squad other than his one-week stint on the 53-man roster this past week.
With Tupou back in the fold, the Bengals now have a full 10-man practice squad. Here’s what it looks like heading into Week 12:
- LB Brandon Bell (undrafted rookie out of Penn State)
- CB Tony McRae (undrafted in 2016 out of North Carolina A&T)
- G J.J. Dielman (rookie fifth-round draft pick out of Utah)
- HB Jarveon Williams (undrafted rookie out of UT-San Antonio)
- WR Kermit Whitfield (undrafted rookie out of Florida State)
- TE Scott Orndoff (undrafted rookie out of Pittsburgh)
- CB Sojourn Shelton (undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin)
- OT Kent Perkins (undrafted rookie out of Texas)
- DT DeShawn Williams (undrafted in 2015 out of Clemson)
- DT Josh Tupou (undrafted free agent out of Colorado)