Bengals rookie fifth round pick Andrew Brown failed to make the team’s 53-man roster on Saturday but will re-join the team on the practice squad, according to a source.
Brown was dealing with a hamstring issue for much of training camp and the preseason, which he suffered on August 1. That same day, defensive tackle Josh Tupou went down with a knee injury, but he recovered fast enough to make an impression and steal a roster spot away from the rookie.
Brown played 71 percent of defensive snaps in the Bengals’ preseason finale, but didn’t record any statistics, which isn’t a great sign. That was the only preseason game in which he played.
In four years at Virginia, the 6’3”, 296-pound lineman recorded 26.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. He also batted down four passes, recovered one fumble and forced one fumble, too.
This is the second year in a row in which the Bengals have waived rookie draft picks. That’s what happens when you have 11 draft picks in back-to-back years. The Bengals also waived rookie quarterback Logan Woodside, a seventh round draft pick this year.
For now, Brown will remain on the practice squad, but he could join the 53-man roster eventually this season if injuries hit.