The Bengals’ tight end group took another hit today signed as the team placed Mason Schreck on the Reserve/Injured list. In his place the Bengals promoted tight end Jordan Franks off the practice squad.
Schreck tore his ACL in the Bengals’ loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He follows Cethan Carter and Tyler Eifert as other Bengals tight ends on IR. Tyler Kroft is currently injured, too, but is expected back in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the Bengals signed linebacker Brandon Bell to the practice squad to take Franks’ spot.
Franks, a rookie out of the University of Central Florida, signed with the Bengals as a college free agent this year. He played in all four preseason games and had two receptions for 19 yards and one special teams tackle. He was waived after the preseason during final cuts and then signed to the practice squad, where he spent the team’s first seven games.
Schreck, a second-year player who was the Bengals’ seventh-round draft pick last year. He played in six of the team’s first seven games (no statistics). He spent his entire rookie season on the Reserve/Injured list after suffering a knee injury in the third preseason game of 2017. Unfortunately, another knee injury will keep him on IR for the rest of the regular season. He (in theory) could return for the playoffs, should the Bengals make it there, and should he be healthy at that point.
Bell, a first-year player, originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent out of Penn State University in 2017. As a rookie last season, he spent the team’s first 13 games on the practice squad before signing to the active roster and playing in the final three contests, recording seven tackles on defense and three tackles on special teams. He played in all four of the Bengals’ preseason games this year, with one start, and had 12 tackles on defense and three on special teams. He was waived on final cuts and has not been with another NFL team.