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Bengals sign P Zoltan Mesko and TE Kevin Brock

The Bengals made a handful of moves as they prepare for the first round of the 2013 NFL playoffs.


Heading into the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Cincinnati Bengals made some additional roster moves on Tuesday.

The team signed former Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko, who has kicked in the last two AFC Championship games. After spending three seasons with the Patriots, Mesko signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was released in late October due to inconsistency.

A former fifth-round New England draft choice in 2010, Mesko punted in every Patriots game, including six postseason games, from 2010-12. In regular season play, he averaged 44.2 yards on 175 punts, with a 39.2 net, 71 inside-20s and 14 touchbacks. He was waived by New England on Aug. 31 of this year and signed Sept. 3 with Pittsburgh. He punted in Pittsburgh’s first seven games this season and averaged 42.5 yards on 34 punts, with a 36.7 net, three inside-20s and two touchbacks.

Cincinnati also announced that they've signed tight end Kevin Brock, who has played for the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Brock, a first-year player out of Rutgers, played in Games 3-6 this season for Kansas City, with three catches for 36 yards. He was waived by the Chiefs on Oct. 29. He played in two games in 2011 for Buffalo, with two catches for 27 yards.

Alex Smith was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday after suffering a dislocated wrist against the Baltimore Ravens.

The team had one vacancy on the 53-man roster after Monday's moves, but released punter Shawn Powell to make room for Mesko. Powell dropped a 10-yard punt at a 90-degree angle into the lap of a season ticket holder against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. That's a big no-no.

The team also announced that they've signed Quinn Sharp to a reserve/futures contract, meaning that he won't be activated on the active roster until after the Super Bowl.