The Cincinnati Bengals have made two more injury moves to players on the roster with training camp beginning.
On Friday, the team announced running back Cedric Peerman has been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) list. The team also placed rookie wide receiver Monty Madaris on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Peerman reportedly pulled a hamstring during Wednesday's conditioning test, according to Bengals.com. It’s unclear what injury Madaris is suffering from, when it occurred or how severe it may be. Both players are eligible to practice as soon as they are medically cleared.
Peerman, who is an eighth-year NFL player in 2017, has spent most of his career as a blocker and coverage team man on special teams. He’s played at a very high level in both regards, enough that he was named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl.
However, special teams is an area that is hard to simulate in training camp as teams tend to shy away from full-speed contact in this regard. Combined with the fact Peerman rarely gets any touches on offense, there’s no real urgency for him to be on the field.
That is, so long as no other running back pushes him for his job. Tra Carson showed some nice flashes as an undrafted free agent last year, while Boom Williams is another special talented that was signed as an UDFA this year. Both players have the potential to push Peerman for his job if he misses significant time due to whatever injury is plaguing him.
As for Madaris, he was signed as an undrafted player out of Michigan State this offseason. He is a Cincinnati native who caught 24 passes for 310 yards and one score this past season. He caught just seven balls in his prior two seasons combined.
With A.J. Green, John Ross, Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson, Cody Core, Josh Malone, and Brandon LaFell already in Cincinnati, Madaris will have a tough time cracking the 53-man roster this year, but perhaps he'll make it onto the practice squad with a good showing in the preseason.
The Bengals have also placed rookie running back Jarveon Williams on the Active/PUP list and rookie safety Brandon Wilson on the Active/NFI list. That makes four players placed on one of these injury lists, three of whom are rookies.