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Bengals waive Takk McKinley and cut O’Shea Dugas from practice squad

The Takk McKinley experiment ends before it really begins.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have waived defensive end Takkarist McKinley due to a failed physical, the team announced Tuesday. Cincinnati had acquired McKinley on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 11.

In addition, the team has also released offensive tackle O’Shea Dugas from the practice squad. Dugas had signed to Cincinnati’s practice squad on Nov. 11 and has been with the team since signing as a college free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2019.

McKinley, a fourth-year player out of UCLA, was orginally a first-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2017. He has played in 49 career games with 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, two pass defenses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The Falcons waived him on Nov. 10 after being unable to deal him at the NFL trade deadline.

The Bengals were in need of more depth at defensive end following the trade of Carlos Dunlap. McKinley is on the final year of his deal, so this was a very low-risk move by the Bengals that won’t hurt them, though it is disappointing to see the former first-round pick won’t get a chance to show what he’s made of in Cincinnati.