Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Travelle Wharton (70) is carted off the field with an injury in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Offensive guard Travelle Wharton faced a stiff challenge of coming back from a torn ACL at the age of 32, and if he does so, it won’t be with the Cincinnati Bengals:
Wharton was expected to be ready when camp opens, as he looks to recover from a torn ACL that cost him a starting role in 2012. He went from being penciled in as the starting left guard in 2012, to now being cut, with his $2.68 salary as the reason.
Wharton signed with Bengals on March 17, 2012, only to make through two weeks of training camp before he was placed on injured reserve on August 24, 2012, after suffering the knee injury.
If this is the end of Wharton’s NFL career, he’ll be remembered as a standout lineman during his time with the Carolina Panthers, where he started all 99 of his games during eight seasons there. He was very versatile, starting 58 games at left guard, and 41 at left tackle.
Hopefully, the 8-year NFL veteran can sign with another club before camps really kick into gear this week.