Bengals bring back J.K. Schaffer to the practice squad

9/20/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

In the end, linebacker J.K. Schaffer has reverted to his initial position with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former University of Cincinnati standout’s time away from the Bengals last only a day as he was re-signed to the team’s practice squad after clearing waivers on Thursday.

Schaffer also started the season on the Bengals’ practice squad. But he was promoted to the active roster to add a healthy special teams player ahead of their Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals opened a spot for Schaffer on their 53-man roster by waiving safety Jeromy Miles, just a few hours before Monday’s game.
Miles, who has been one of the Bengals’ top tacklers on special teams over the past two seasons, was not expected to play Monday while dealing with a hamstring injury. But Schaffer had the opportunity to play Monday’s 20-10 win over the Steelers, though he was limited to a special teams role.
The 23-year-old Schaffer played 22 snaps on the specials teams. He also led the team with 20 tackles during the Bengals’ preseason. But he was waived by the Bengals on Wednesday, as part of a series of roster moves that eventually resulted in Miles swapping places with Schaffer again on the 53-man roster, and defensive end Robert Geather being placed on the injured reserve.
Geather suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Monday’s game. He was the fifth Bengals’ player to land on the IR this season.
Schaffer originally entered the league as an undrafted player with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. He also spent time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad last season, before being picked up by the Bengals in November. Schaffer made it to the end of the Bengals’ training camp but was left off the 53-man roster, instead finding his way onto the team’s practice squad. 
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