2010 HIGHLIGHTS: College free agent was released under the “waived/injured” category on Aug. 22, and reverted to Bengals Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 24 … Suffered knee injury Aug. 15 vs. Denver.
COLLEGE: Agile lineman who entered junior college ranks as a TE, Mitchell contributed to powerhouse offenses in each of his two seasons (2008-09) at Oklahoma State … Helped Cowboys post consecutive 9-4 records, with berths in Holiday Bowl (’08 season) and Cotton Bowl (’09 season) … Began last season as starting RG, and replaced injured Brady Bond as starting RT for the final four games … Part of an offense that averaged 28.4 points, 187.8 rushing yards and 367.2 net yards per game … Aided pass protection that allowed only 11 sacks … Played as a backup T in 2008, for offense that averaged 40.8 points, 245.5 rushing yards and 487.7 net yards per game … In 2006-07, attended Snow Junior College (Ephraim, Utah), where he was a first-team All-America selection at T in ’07 by JC Gridwire and the NJCAA … Began college career in 2003 at Dixie CC (St. George, Utah), playing TE … Did not play in 2004-05 while on Mormon Church mission … Redshirted at Snow JC in 2006 due to injury.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Choctaw, Okla. … Attended Choctaw High School … Journalism/broadcasting major at Oklahoma State … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-10.
When the Bengals open the season in Baltimore Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), it will be six years to the day Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made his NFL debut against first-year Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer at M&T Bank Stadium and the game set the parameters of the rivalry since.
The Bengals signed up their two veterans for the practice squad Sunday when defensive tackle Devon Still and center Trevor Robinson were named the two-year exceptions.