Zeitler had started every game at RG since joining Bengals as a first-round draft choice last year, but suffered foot injury Week 10 at Baltimore, and has missed Games 11-12 ... Has contributed to Bengals NFL rankings of 11th in scoring and net offense … Last season, helped BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions (14).
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has started at RG in Games 1-10 ... Inactive Games 11-12 due to foot injury ... Contributed to blocking effort Sept. 8 at Chicago as Andy Dalton posted 97.2 passer rating … On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, helped offense allow no sacks with 407 net yards … Contributed to blocking that supported 105.5 passer rating by Dalton on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay… Helped power offense to season-best 162 rushing yards Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Aided blocking effort Oct. 13 at Buffalo in which Bengals tallied a season high in total net yards (483), including season highs in both rushing (165) and passing (318) yards … On Oct. 20 at Detroit, helped lead protection that allowed only one sack as Dalton posted career-high 135.9 passer rating … On Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, contributed to pass protection allowing only one sack for two yards as Dalton threw career-best five TD passes … Aided 163-yard rushing total Oct. 31 at Miami.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2012 NFL Draft (27th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-25-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012 — Helped RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions, edging Houston’s Arian Foster by one (14-13), and Green-Ellis had only 15 attempts to Foster’s 19 ... On Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, helped lead blocking effort for 375 net offensive yards and 34 points ... Supported blocking effort Sept. 23 at Washington that netted season highs in yards (478) and points (38) ... Contributed to 382-yard output Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, with offense allowing no sacks ... Supported blocking effort Oct. 14 at Cleveland that paved way for 438 yards ... In Nov. 11 win vs. N.Y. Giants that started team’s second-half surge, helped offense allow no sacks for third game on the season ... Supported 189 team rushing yards Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards (6.5 average) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, supported third straight 100-yard rushing game for Green-Ellis (25-118) and helped lead pass protection that allowed only one sack for zero yards ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, helped support blocking effort for team’s 146 yards net rushing ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided rushing effort of 41-for-157 (3.8) and season-best 37:40 possession time, with Green-Ellis (106) becoming only second player in Bengals history to get four 100-yard rushing totals in span of five team games.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Wisconsin, starting 37 games over his final three seasons ... Capped his senior season with All-America first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Pro Football Weekly and the NFL Draft Report ... As a junior and as a senior, helped Badgers capture Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl berths ... Wisconsin went 32-8 record in his last three campaigns ... Credited with 68 TD-producing blocks, and had 23 games of blocking grades at 90 percent or higher ... As a senior, ranked as NCAA FBS leader in TD-resulting blocks (33).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Waukesha, Wis. (in Greater Milwaukee) ... Attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, where he started for two 13-1 teams and was named Little Ten Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior ... Also as a senior, was ranked as No. 4 college prospect in the state by Scout.com ... National Honor Society student in high school, and was an Academic All-Big Ten first-team choice as a senior, after also placing on the team as a junior ... Married (wife Sara) ... Majored at Wisconsin in kinesiology ... Hobbies include reading and training ... Last name is pronounced “ZITE-ler.”