Ninth-year NFL vet with a Super Bowl ring signed with Bengals as free agent on 10-1-13, and has played in five games ... Joined club with 121 NFL games played, including 102 starts ... Played 16 games for N.Y. Giants in 2012, with 11 starts, and finished fourth on team in tackles (84) and third in INTs (three) ... Helped lead Giants to Super Bowl win over New England in 2011 season, starting 13 regular season games and all four postseason games ... Earned an NFC Defensive Player of the Week award with Giants in 2009 ... Entered NFL with Atlanta as fifth-round draft choice in 2005 and went to Giants as unrestricted free agent in ’09 ... Released by Giants this past February, and signing with Bengals marks his first NFL assignment of this year.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 5-8 and 11-12 and has five tackles on defense … Inactive for Games 9-10 with a hamstring injury ... No statistics, but credited by coaches with consistent rush pressure against P Sam Martin on Oct. 20 at Detroit, helping lead to short punt late in fourth quarter that helped set up winning Bengals field goal ... Appeared on defense for first time this season Oct. 27 vs. the Jets, and recorded five tackles ... Returned to action Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland playing on special teams and briefly on defense (no statistics).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Atlanta in fifth round of 2005 NFL Draft (160th overall) ... Signed with Falcons on 7-26-05 ... Signed with N.Y. Giants as unrestricted free agent on 2-28-09 ... Released by Giants on 2-5-13 ... Signed as free agent with Cincinnati on 10-1-13.
The two quarterbacks who helped usher in the era of instant quarterbacking and put the Bengals and Colts immediately into the playoff mix are on display Sunday.
In a remarkable 20-game stretch that began on Nov. 11, 2012, all sorts of the quarterback species have been unleashed against the Bengals and they have emerged from the brush with a 15-5 record.
Right guard Kevin Zeitler not only showed up with helmet in hand, he also wore it at Thursday morning's practice in Paul Brown Stadium for the first time since he injured his foot.