The Cincinnati Bengals have placed center T.J. Johnson on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. In his place, Cincinnati signed running back Jarveon Williams from the practice squad.
Johnson, a fourth-year player, originally was a seventh-round Bengals draft choice out of South Carolina in 2013. He has played in 45 games games with five starts in his career, including 13 games and four starts this year. His four starts this season came at RG in Games 2-5, when he filled in for injured starter Trey Hopkins.
However, Johnson suffered a pectoral injury this week that led to him missing practice, then being listed on doubtful on the final injury report. With just three games left, the Bengals felt it was best to place him on injured reserve and give a young practice squad player the chance to play.
That turns out to be Williams, a rookie who signed with the Bengals as a college free agent out of the University of Texas at San Antonio this year. He spent Games 1-13 on the team’s practice squad before getting called up.