Bengals Release Three Vets In First Wave

Head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals started cutting to 53 players on Friday.
Head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals started cutting to 53 players on Friday.

The Bengals got their roster down to 79 players before Friday's light workout when they waived ten with the biggest name four-year guard Christian Westerman while also reaching an injury settlement with veteran defensive tackle Christian Ringo.

They still need to let go 26 more by 4 p.m. Saturday, where the bulk of their 10-man practice squad figures to come from when they announce it Sunday. They have 80 players listed on the roster, but tight end Moritz Bohringer has a roster exemption, which they'll use to make him the 11th player on the practice squad.

Westerman, a fifth-round pick out of Arizona State in 2016 who has played two NFL games, had been in the four-player mix for the starting left guard spot all spring and had lined up as the starter on the third and fourth days of training camp. While the rotation ended up settling on fourth-round pick Michael Jordan, Westerman left the club for personal reasons before the second pre-season game and when he returned last week he didn't practice or play in a game. He's the only Bengals' draft pick let go on Friday's list.

The early cuts reflected how tough their young linebackers found it in training camp when they let go two rookies in Maine's Sterling Sheffield and Memphis' Curtis Akins. Two rookies that just got here (defensive tackle Dare Odeyingbo played in the last two games and center Kirk Barron played in Thursday night's pre-season finale) were also waived.

So were two rookies that had pretty good nights against the Colts. Rookie long-snapper Dan Godsil, who recovered two botched punts, and defensive end Immanuel Turner, who had half a sack, got the word. Also released was rookie kicker Tristan Vizcaino, who went 2-for-4 Thursday night kicking field goals after he hit a 57-yarder in Washington two weeks ago. He finished the preseason 4-for-7.

The only veterans let go besides Westerman were cornerback Tony Lippett and safety Demetrious Cox.

There are three players that appear destined to be on a list and won't appear on Saturday's 53-man roster. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee) and left tackle Jonah Williams (shoulder) are staring at the physically unable to perform list (PUP), which takes them off the practice field for the first six weeks of the season. If fears of the knee injury running back Rodney Anderson suffered Thursday night are realized, he'll go on season-ending injured reserve Saturday.