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Bengals roster cuts 2017: Demetrious Cox claimed by Panthers on waivers

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Cox was close to earning a spot on the Bengals’ 53-man roster.

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The Cincinnati Bengals won’t be getting Demetrious Cox on the practice squad.

On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers claimed Cox off of waivers, according to NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.

Cox, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State this year, becomes the second Bengal to be claimed off waivers. The other was J.J. Dielman, who was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams. Cox made a strong push for the final roster, especially with Shawn WIlliams injured, but that bid came up short.

The former Spartan enjoyed a standout career in East Lansing during the past four years. In 2016, Cox had one interception that was returned for a touchdown, while also racking up five passes defended.

Unfortunately, Cox was part of a disappointing season for the Spartans, in which everybody's play dipped. That helped to cause him to go undrafted, but he showed why he was once considered an NFL prospect with a good showing in the preseason.

With Cox gone, the Bengals may look to add another safety to the practice squad, depending on what happens with Brandon Wilson, who was not claimed off of waivers. Wilson will likely re-join the Bengals via the practice squad as one of the team’s 2017 sixth round pick.