Bengals cut down roster to 53: Bengals release Danieal Manning, move AJ McCarron to injury list

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Bengals put quarterback AJ McCarron on the injury list and terminated the contract of safety Danieal Manning Saturday as they got down to the 53-man roster limit.

Gone but not forgotten, eight of those players earned a spot on the team's practice squad, as did two other recently waived free agents who are making their way to the Queen City after clearing waivers.

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McCarron, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama, is ineligible to practice for the first six weeks of the season but he can remain with the team for rehab and meetings. He missed training camp and the preseason with a throwing sore shoulder.

In order to get to the league-mandated roster limit, the team also terminated Manning's contract. Most considered the former Houston Texans standout to be one of the Bengals' marquee free-agent signings during the offseason.

They also released veteran offensive tackle Will Svitek to free agency. Both he and Manning were under "vested veteran" contract status. That means if they made the roster for Week 1 the Bengals would have to pay them their full base salaries even if they were cut later in the season.

Bengals management also decided to waive 13 players including receiver Cobi Hamilton, H-back Orson Charles, defensive end Dontay Moch, defensive end Devon Still and center Trevor Robinson, who started seven games in 2012. He lost his job to rookie Russell Bodine during camp.

Defensive end Sam Montgomery was also released.

Montgomery recently became a national headline after his arrest in South Carolina by a state trooper who threatened to use a Taser gun on him. "Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee," the Associated Press reports .

Also released are offensive tackle Dan France, cornerback Victor Hampton, defensive tackle David King, receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, fullback Nikita Whitlock, H-back James Wilder Jr. and They're all rookie or first-year players.

Rookie cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks reached a settlement with the Bengals over a thumb injury.

The Bengals added Montgomery, Wilder, Robinson, Still, France, Lockett and McCalebb to their practice squad Sunday after they cleared waivers. Rookie tight end Kevin Greene, waived Aug. 25 by the 49ers, also earned a spot on the 10-member squad, as did 2014 seventh-round pick Tevin Reese. The Chargers cut Reese.

On Friday, the organization parted ways with running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Even though he was Cincinnati's leading rusher each of the last two seasons, Green-Ellis' number dipped in 2013 and he fell behind Giovani Bernard on the depth chart.

Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis decided to use a second-round pick in the recent NFL draft to add Jeremy Hill to the roster of running backs. Hill, an LSU product, is considered an upgrade as a pass catcher.

Also released Friday were linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson. Cutting Wilson leaves the Bengals with only two quarterbacks on their active roster until McCarron can return.

BENGALS PRACTICE SQUAD

➢ OT Dan France (rookie, Michigan State)
➢ TE Kevin Greene (first-year player, Southern California)
➢ DT David King (first-year player, Oklahoma)
➢ WR Colin Lockett (rookie, San Diego State)
➢ CB Onterio McCalebb (first-year player, Auburn)
➢ DE Sam Montgomery (second-year player, Louisiana State)
➢ C Trevor Robinson (third-year player, Notre Dame)
➢ DT Devon Still (third-year player, Penn State)
➢ HB James Wilder Jr. (rookie, Florida State)
➢ WR Tevin Reese (rookie, Baylor)
All except Greene (49ers) and Reese (Chargers) were with the Bengals in preseason.
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