When the Bengals were coming down to the final decisions as to who would be on the 2012 opening day 53-man roster, MLB Roddrick Muckelroy was likely one of, if not the hardest player for the Bengals to say goodbye to based on how well he had performed in the preseason, and given just how bad the linebacking play has been this year.
Now, Muckelroy has been waived again in order to make room for the return of DT Pat Sims, who has returned to the team and practiced after missing the first eight games due to a knee injury.
Why Muck was not given more opportunities to play is a mystery. He can play all LB spots, is a quality special teams player, and started several preseason games at MLB in place of the oft-injured Rey Maualuga.
After appearing in 14 games on special teams in 2010 and registering 10 tackles and two forced fumbles, Muckelroy was placed on the IR list in 2011 after suffering an achilles tendon rupture practice during the first practice of training camp. This year, he started three preseason games for the Bengals this summer, posting 17 tackles, including a sack. He was a originally fourth-round draft choice out of Texas in 2010.
Hopefully he’ll catch on with another team.