Some of you might need some excitement in your lives after returning to the grind after a nice, long Labor Day weekend. Well, straighten those shoulder pads and don’t bother rearranging that cubicle space, Sheryl, because things are about to get crazy! It’s September 4th, everybody; the first day that teams can place players on the injured reserve-recall list!
Yes, this page has been alluding to it ever since the Cincinnati Bengals lost their starting center, Kyle Cook to a foot injury during their Week 3 preseason matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Today, the Bengals organization confirmed the expectations of Who Dey Nation when they placed Cook on the recall list.
This is a relatively new change to IR so, for the layman, teams are allowed to place an injured player on the IR-recall list with the idea that they can recall said player later on in the season as long as they do so after Week 6. Players who are designated to the normal IR are retained by the team but lost for the season. No exceptions. Both lists allow teams to keep players without them counting towards their 53-man limit. Everybody with me?
As for Cook, it’s uncertain whether the Bengals will even bring him back at all this season. That depends entirely on the severity of his injury and whether or not Cook is medically cleared to play. However, if Cook is cleared, the Bengals can bring him back, but he will have to wait an additional 2 weeks following his clearance before he can ultimately see the field.
Even after temporarily resolving Cook’s off-the-field saga, the Bengals weren’t finished tinkering with their roster. Shortly after Cook’s IR designation, Cincinnati signed former Denver Broncos TE, Richard Quinn [seen recreating the “Thriller” album pose in the photo above]. Quinn, a second round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is widely regarded as a blocking tight end and a sizable bust. Through his first 30 games, Quinn has only caught 1 pass for 9 yards, but to be fair, he was dealt a decent amount of Tim Tebow knuckleballs last year in Denver. Fortunately, the NFL isn’t Logan’s Run, and he’s still allowed to play football after 30 games [I’m too lazy to find out whether the Logan’s Run reference fits.]. A change of scenery may be just what Quinn needs.
There were also a couple of changes to Bengals’ practice squad with the signing of T Jeff Adams last Sunday and the release of LS Bryce Davis today. A nation of long snappers mourn. Still, it is promising to see Cincinnati shore up their shallow depth at offensive line. I was beginning to think that only wide receivers and running backs could make this team.