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Bengals waive OL Cory Helms with injury settlement

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Helms was signed in early August and was vying for a spot on the practice squad.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have waived Cory Helms and given him an injury settlement, according to the NFL transactions report.

Helms, who measures in at 6-4, 309 pounds, was a rookie who signed in early August as a college free agent out of the University of South Carolina. He originally signed with the New Orleans Saints in May but was waived on June 14.

He played two seasons (2016-17) at South Carolina after beginning his college career at Wake Forest (’13-14). He was a starter in all four of his college seasons, seeing time at both guard (29 starts) and center (17 starts).

The Bengals signed Helms right after Rod Taylor was lost to a torn ACL. Helms was effectively his replacement, though he got some run at center as well, where Billy Price is the starter and Trey Hopkins is battling T.J. Johnson for the backup spot. Ironically, Johnson also played at South Carolina and can play both center and guard.