Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive back Troy Hill (13) breaks up a pass for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) during the first quarter in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Hill has been promoted to the Bengals’ roster after the secondary has sustained several injuries. Chris Lewis-Harris, dealing with a rib injury, was waived to make room.
Lewis-Harris has been dealing with a rib injury, missing all three of this week’s practices. On the other hand, Hill is healthy, eager and ready to play if the Bengals need to call his number.
The move didn’t have to do with Lewis-Harris’ on-field effectiveness; it had to do with health. Adam Jones, Leon Hall and Lewis-Harris were all dealing with injuries, leaving Cincinnati with three fully healthy corners. Bringing in Hill gives Cincinnati a fourth in case one of the team’s top two corners needs to take a rest.
Troy Hill, a former Oregon Duck, recorded three interceptions, 96 interception yards and a touchdown in 49 games at Oregon. He played in the 2015 CFP National Championship and did a relatively good job, limiting Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith to a single 45-yard reception.
Hill’s promotion leaves the Bengals with an open spot on the practice squad. Whether Cincinnati will re-promote Lewis-Harris and stash Hill on the practice squad after Sunday’s game, or whether Cincinnati will sign a new rookie to the practice squad and keep Hill on the roster, remains to be seen.