The Cincinnati Bengals need to sign a linebacker with just five on the active roster currently, and Vontaze Burfict suffered a lower leg injury yesterday that could keep him out for at least this week vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. As it turns out, the Bengals are leaving no stone unturned as they examine any potential LB who could help the team:
Former Giants and Falcons LB Michael Boley is heading to Cincinnati for a tryout, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2013
Boley is still a serviceable linebacker, but his involvement in a child abuse investigation has led teams to shy away from him:
According to a report early Thursday morning on TMZ.com, Boley, the former Giants linebacker was “secretly arrested” on Feb. 8 in Etowah County, Ala., where he pled guilty to child abuse as part of a plea agreement. He was then entered into a pre-trial diversion program, the report said, after which the charges would be dropped.
The details of the incident that led to Boley’s arrest were not immediately clear, and his attorney, Randall Kessler, declined comment. A Giants spokesman also had no comment, though one team source insisted the decision to cut the 30-year-old linebacker on Feb. 5 was not related to his impending arrest.