Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Joiner

CINCINNATI -- In addition to terminating the contract of veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals also waived three other players.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and linebacker Brandon Joiner were released as the Bengals made their first few cuts from the current 75-man roster. By 4 p.m. Saturday, all 32 NFL teams have to get down to 53 players on their active rosters. Wilson, Ross and Joiner could qualify for the practice squad, but until all the other cuts are made, it's unclear exactly how the practice squad will shake out.

Cincinnati's roster now sits at 71.

Wilson was signed during the preseason following No. 2 quarterback Jason Campbell's elbow injury during the preseason opener at Kansas City. Wilson has since appeared in two games. He played in the Week 2 preseason game against the Jets and got extensive second-half action in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Colts. He was 3-of-5 for 73 yards. The bulk of his yards came on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton, another roster-bubble player who was one of Wilson's receivers when the two played college ball at Arkansas.

Hamilton will learn his fate Saturday.

As for Ross, the Bengals are cutting ties for now with a 6-foot-5, 360-pound player who has raw athletic skills. He was too unpolished to make the Bengals' 53-man roster, or any team's 53-man roster. Before impressing coaches at a private workout before training camp, Ross had played only one year of high school football and one year of college football at a small school in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ross had one tackle Thursday and appeared on 23 defensive plays.

Joiner played 29 defensive snaps and was part of 15 special teams plays in the Bengals' 35-7 win.

In addition to these four, the Bengals also cut several others earlier this week, including backup quarterback Matt Scott, kicker Quinn Sharp and linebacker J.K. Schaffer. Per the rules of the waived/injured designation, Schaffer and fellow hurt cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks were able to rejoin the team on its injured reserve Thursday. Both cleared waivers without being claimed.
Here is a roundup of what's happening on the Cincinnati Bengals beat:
  • The coaches continue to star in this year's "Hard Knock" series on HBO, the team's website reports.
  • Linebacker Brandon Joiner cleared waivers and reverted back to the Bengals' injured reserve list, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Joiner, who went undrafted last season, spent his rookie year in jail for his role in a 2007 robbery.
The Cincinnati Bengals got down to the league limit of 75 players with six moves on Tuesday. The biggest one was putting rookie fourth-round pick Sean Porter (shoulder) on injured reserve. He was slated to back up James Harrison and play special teams.

Cincinnati also waived offensive linemen Otis Hudson and Jason Weaver. Linebacker Brandon Joiner, was injury waived and would move to the team's injured reserve list if he isn't claimed on waivers. Joiner, who went undrafted last season, spent his rookie year in jail for his role in a 2007 robbery.

Fullback Chris Pressley (knee) and reserve quarterback Zac Robinson (elbow) were placed on the PUP list and can practice after Week 6.

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