Bengals sign two, waive Schaffer and place Geathers on IR
The team placed longtime defensive end Robert Geathers on the injured reserve after he suffered a season-ending elbow injury in the Bengals’ 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night. Geathers signed a three-year deal worth $9.5 million, with the Bengals this offseason. Over the past 10 season with the Bengals, Geathers racked up 33 quarterback sacks. He is the fifth Bengals player to land on the IR this season.
Free agent cornerback Curtis Marsh was signed onto his open roster spot Wednesday.
The former Utah State standout Marsh was a contributor on the team’s special teams units and provided depth at cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles, since being selected by the team in the second-round of the 2011 NFL draft. But Marsh was released by the Eagles after the final cuts, in order to create room for former Bengals cornerback Shawn Prater on the 53-man roster this season.
Marsh had surgery after suffering a broken hand in August, and was not available for the Eagles’ final two preseason games. The 25-year-old played in 22 career-games, including 15 last season when he registered 10 special teams tackles and six on the defense.
The Bengals need help at a thinning cornerback position, after Dre Kirkpatrick strained a hamstring against the Steelers and Brandon Ghee did not practice today. Both cornerbacks – Kirkpatrick and Ghee – could miss the Bengals’ Week 3 matchup against the Packers.
The Bengals also made a swap between safety J.K. Schaffer and linebacker Jeromy Miles on their active roster for a second-time this week. Miles, who has been one of the Bengals’ top tacklers on special teams over the past two seasons, was temporarily waived by the Bengals on Monday after he was considered unable to play against the Steelers due to an injury. The Bengals elevated first-year pro Schaffer from the practice squad to fill-in the open roster spot for Monday’s game. Now, the Bengals have switched back to having Miles on the special teams and Schaffer on the practice squad.
The fourth-year veteran Miles has seen action in 39 career games, including the Bengals’ 2013 season opener, since signing with the team as an undrafted rookie out of Massachusetts in 2010. Last season, Miles finished second on the team in special teams tackles, and led the unit in tackles the season before.