UPDATE: It turns out that Tra Carson reverted to the Bengals’ reserve/injured list on Thursday after clearing waivers. The team still could ultimately release him from the list if he or they want, but for now, he remains a member of the Bengals while recovering from his injury.
The Bengals have another shakeup in their backfield.
On Wednesday, the team used the waived/injured designation on Tra Carson and signed free agent running back Thomas Rawls.
Apparently Carson pulled hamstring in practice Monday— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 19, 2018
Carson was injured during practice on Monday, which led to Rawls being signed ahead of the team’s Week 3 clash with the Panthers. It’s a bad break for Carson, and hopefully he gets placed on injured reserve if it’s bad enough so the Bengals can keep him.
According to Marvin Lewis, Carson was injured in Monday’s practice but it isn’t a season-ending injury.
Marvin Lewis said Tra Carson went down in practice on Monday. Didn’t say what it was, just said they waived/injured him because this more of an injury settlement type injury vs something that would last all season.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) September 19, 2018
As for Rawls, he was once a rising star in the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in 2015. However, injuries have led to his downfall, so much that he failed to make an NFL roster entering Week 1.
In three seasons with the Seahawks, Rawls rushed 314 times for 1,336 yards (4.3 ypc) and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 266 yards 8.6 (avg.) and one score. He signed with the Jets this year but was let go during final cuts.
Bengaldom remembers Rawls as the guy who went for 169 vs. Bengals in Cincy's OT win over Seattle in '15— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 19, 2018
If Rawls can get back to what he was as a rookie, this will be a huge addition to the Bengals’ backfield, especially with Joe Mixon out due to minor knee surgery, which should sideline him 2-4 weeks.