With the Bengals missing safety Reggie Nelson today, the Bengals may be forced to play rookie safety George Iloka more after he’s been a contributor only special teams for the five games he was active. He’s listed as the backup behind starter Taylor Mays, who has struggled mightily this season, and Mike Zimmer may decide to give the rookie some run today.
Iloka was originally drafted in the 5th-round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Boise State, where he played from 2008 to 2011 and was a three year starter as he finished his Broncos career with 231 tackles, seven interceptions and a sack.
Ironically, the pick they used to select Iloka was the one they acquired after they dealt Keith Rivers away just before April’s draft, and surprise, surprise. Rivers is inactive today.
DT Pat Sims was also declared active this week at the expense of rookie DT Devon Still. This will mark the 2012 debut for arguable the Bengals best interior run-defender, as Sims’ 6-2, 335 lb frame will help slow down a Giants rushing attack that ranks 15th in the NFL at 110 yards per game, while the Bengals have ranked 17th in rushing defense with 117 yards allowed on the ground per game.