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Bengals claim Fred Johnson off waivers from Steelers

The Bengals nab a promising lineman.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Tennessee Titans


To make room for Fred Johnson, the team has placed Kerry Wynn on injured reserve.

The Cincinnati Bengals have claimed offensive lineman Fred Johnson off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent by way of the Florida Gators, had a strong preseason with the Steelers, enough to claim a spot on their 53-man roster. However, he was waived last week to make room for running back Trey Edmunds and quarterback Paxton Lynch, who were signed to the active roster due to injuries to Jaylen Samuels and Mason Rudolph.

The Steelers were planning to bring Johnson back, but the Bengals claimed him before that could happen. It’s unclear who will be waived to make room for Johnson.

With the Bengals dealing with injuries to John Miller, Andre Smith and Cordy Glenn, it was only a matter of time until another lineman was added to the 53-man roster. Depending on how healthy those guys are this week, Johnson may have to be active Sunday vs. the Jaguars.