Bengals place five players on PUP, La’el Collins on NFI


Following the trend we’ve seen over the past few days, Cincinnati has joined the roster of teams making necessary roster changes for injured players. The team announced on Twitter that they place the linebacker Joe Bachieguardian Alex Cappadefensive side Khalid Karimcome back Samaje Perineand security Brandon Wilson on active/physically unable to perform list and attacking tackle La’el Collins on the active/non-football injury list.

This announcement is likely to get mixed reactions from Bengals fans. Although they are happy to see the names of only two expected starters on the rosters, the fact that these two names belong to the offensive line can send shivers down their spines. Cappa and Collins are part of a major rebuild on the offensive line after the Bengals allowed a record seven sacks in a Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams. The two were brought in, alongside the center Ted Karrato hold down the right side of the opposite offensive line Jackson Carman and Jonas Williams.

Cappa’s addition to the roster isn’t too much of a surprise. The former Buccaneer was sidelined in late May with a minor core injury. Known for his toughness, Cappa, who played with a broken arm and tried to stay in one game with a broken leg, was expected to return before training camp, but his roster placement is likely only a cautious attempt to give Cappa a bit more time to recover.

Collins’ news is slightly more concerning. Collins has a reputation for missing games. During his time in Dallas, Collins played 74 regular season games while missing 39. He was placed on injured reserve ahead of the start of the 2020 NFL season in hopes he could return , but ended up sitting all year. He had a healthy 2021 season but still missed five games through suspension. Little information has been presented on his NFI status, which may worry a player who has violated the league’s drug policy in the past. Regardless of speculation, the Bengals will have plenty of time before the start of the season to turn things around.

Perine is probably the second biggest name on the list. No information is available as to why he is physically unable to perform. Perine served last season as an out-of-back pass-catching option and back-up behind the former Oklahoma teammate Joe Mixon. Perine will look to do more of the same, competing with last year’s sixth-round pick Chris Evans to receive return rights upon return.

Wilson is an interesting name on this list. His career with the Bengals has mostly been on special teams, with Wilson serving as the Bengals’ leading kick returner last season. But, as backup security, Wilson could see an increased role depending on the results of conversations with boot security. Jessie Bates 3. If talks with Bates go south and lead to a wait, Wilson is the next man to start next Vonn Bell in the defensive field. Wilson is coming off a torn ACL suffered in early November last season, so his placement on the roster isn’t unexpected, but adds a new wrinkle to developments surrounding Bates’ contract.

Both Bachie and Kareem are backup defenders who have seen their roles change from their first seasons in the league to their second. After appearing in every game as a rookie, Kareem only made his 2021 season debut in Week 8 and played in a limited role which was further limited by injuries towards the end of the year. . Bachie went from a reserve player on the Eagles as a rookie to a backup linebacker on the Bengals in Year 2. Bachie tore his ACL in mid-December last year and is a no-holds-barred addition. surprise to the roster as he returns from the knee. wound.

There could always be additions to the roster, as it isn’t official until Tuesday. Additionally, a player can drop off the roster at any time during the pre-season and can no longer be on the roster once he has trained with the team. Any players still on the PUP roster at the start of the regular season will be required to sit out at least six games, but they will not count towards the roster as the squad is reduced to 53 players.

Although the Bengals have significant players on this list, there is no need to worry at this time. As long as they drop off the roster before the start of the season, there will be no league restrictions on their participation.


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