The Cincinnati Bengals announced a host of roster moves, but the biggest news is they’ve lost longtime veteran defensive end Robert Geathers for the remainder of the season:
#Bengals roster moves: Signed S Jeromy Miles and CB Curtis Marsh; Placed DE Robert Geathers on Injured Reserve; Waived LB J.K. Schaffer
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 18, 2013
The other big move was signing former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Curtis Marsh, who was a third round selection of them in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Utah State. Marsh was a contributor on the team’s special teams units and has provided depth at cornerback, but was cut after final roster cuts, ironically so the team could add former Bengals CB Shawn Prater.
Marsh had surgery as the result of a broken hand in August, and was not available for the last two preseason games. He’s played in 22 games over the past two seasons, including 15 last year, when he had 10 special teams tackles and six tackles on defense.
The Miles/Schaffer swap isn’t much of a surprise. Miles was injured and unable to play Monday, so the Bengals waived him temporarily and brought Schaffer to the 53-man to play on special teams Monday night, and now will switch back to having Miles on special teams and Schaffer on the practice squad.
Miles has played his entire NFL career with Cincinnati, seeing action in 39 games since 2010. He was second on the team in special teams tackles last season and led the special teams in tackles in 2011.