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Bengals waive CB Sojourn Shelton

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The Bengals part ways with Sojourn Shelton and give him an injury settlement in the process.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to trim their roster with under two weeks until cutdown day.

On Thursday, the team announced that reserve cornerback Sojourn Shelton had been waived and given an injury settlement. He had not played in Cincinnati’s first two games this preseason due to a torn thumb ligament suffered early in training camp.

Shelton, a first-year player, spent 13 games on the Bengals’ practice squad last season. He was an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin who signed with the Cardinals following the 2017 NFL Draft.

He was a four-year starter for the Badgers, which included an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten freshman season in 2013, then Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2016 as a senior, where he recorded 27 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

However, Shelton’s standout career was not enough to get him picked in the 2017 NFL Draft. What likely affected his NFL interest was his 5’9”, 177-pound measurements at the NFL Scouting Combine, a very small frame for an NFL defensive back.

Still, while in Arizona, Shelton made a strong push for a spot on the final roster, but he was ultimately waived during final cuts. Instead of sticking with Arizona, Shelton joined the Bengals’ practice squad, where he spent most of 2017 before signing a futures contract this offseason.

While it looked like he may have a real shot at making the 53-man roster this year, those hopes took a big hit when the Bengals spend fifth-round picks on cornerbacks Davontae Harris and Darius Phillips.

Third-year man KeiVarae Russell has also had a good preseason, so even if Shelton had stayed healthy, his chances of making the 53-man roster were slim at best.