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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Bengals re-sign Schaffer to practice squad

By Coley Harvey

CINCINNATI -- J.K. Schaffer's time away from the Bengals lasted barely a day. The Cincinnati native and former University of Cincinnati standout was re-signed to the team after clearing waivers Thursday afternoon and was added back to the practice squad.

The linebacker, who led the team with 20 tackles during the preseason and became an instant fan favorite, was waived Wednesday as part of a series of roster moves that also included placing defensive end Robert Geathers on injured reserve and re-signing safety Jeromy Miles to the 53-man roster.

Like Schaffer, Miles also had been released this week. He was waived hours before Monday night's game against Pittsburgh. With Miles off the roster, a space opened for Schaffer to be moved from the practice squad. Until that point, Schaffer had been on the practice squad since the start of the regular season. Used specifically on special teams, Schaffer played in Monday's 20-10 win over the Steelers.

Schaffer is an undrafted player who officially began his professional career last season on Jacksonville's practice squad. He was signed by the Bengals in the offseason, and made it to the end of training camp before being left just off the 53-man roster.