Here are a few news items of interest as we reach mid-week:
LB Keith Rivers, who’s been inactive all year, was placed on injured reserve today, ending his season. Rivers had reconstructive wrist surgery in the offseason and started the year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. After the first 6 weeks of the season, the team was allotted a 3-week roster exemption to determine what to do with Rivers and today was the deadline. It seems that the team felt Rivers was unable to contribute in 2011. This is unfortunate to this observer, because while I don’t think Rivers would beat out any of the starters (Thomas Howard, Rey Maualuga, and Manny Lawson) or top back-up Brandon Johnson for that matter, he would be a valuable special teamer, and provide insurance should one of those listed get hurt. Then again, the team already has a linebacker in Dontay Moch that has been inactive each week.
The team also announced today that they have waived LB Bruce Davis from their practice squad, and replaced him with DT Cornell Brown. Davis was seen as a player with some talent that might have just been misunderstood by Oakland, much like Thomas Howard was. By replacing him with Brown, the team adds some potential depth along the interior defensive line, which might be needed if Pat Sims who was injured last week, will miss extended time.
Slightly off topic there was news that the Houston Texans signed QB Jake Delhomme. Delhomme has been unemployed since his run in Cleveland was unceremoniously ended but the Texans are desparate for QB help after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart were both lost for the year. I mention this only because it affects the Bengals chances at playoff contention: The Texans visit PBS on December 11th.
Also off topic was news that Jack Del Rio was canned in Jacksonville. This I find interesting only as it might eventually result in Del Rio joining Marvin Lewis’ staff here. With Mike Zimmer no doubt being considered for a head coaching position this offseason, Del Rio could be a replacement. It should be noted that Lewis and Del Rio worked together on Brian Billick’s Super Bowl-winning staff in Baltimore and are good friends.
Lastly, two Bengals are up for weekly fan-voting awards. QB Andy Dalton is up for the Pepsi Rookie-of-the-Week. Get Andy the hardward by voting here. Also, Cedric “the entertainer” Benson is up for the FedEx Ground Player-of-the-Week award for his 106-yard thrashing of Cleveland. Get Ced the win by clicking here.
In closing, Who Dey!!! Beat Pittsburgh!!