The Bengals won’t release their cuts until 6 p.m. Saturday but they told the players several hours before the NFL’s deadline to get to 53 players and the list is coming together via Internet reports.
Various reports say the Bengals have cut special teams captain Kyries Hebert and kicker Dave Rayner, which makes Mike Nugent their kicker for the Sept. 12 opener in New England. With word out of Baltimore that the Ravens cut Shayne Graham, don’t expect the Bengals to pursue their kicker for the past seven seasons.
Those reports came on the heels of league sources saying that Matt Jones and Dez Briscoe have been cut, indicating that Jerome Simpson and Quan Cosby have won the final two spots on the Bengals wide receiver list with Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell.
Wide receiver Maurice Purify, who missed the last four preseason games with knee tendinitis, is expected to be put on some kind of injury list.
Additional reports have the Bengals cutting defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and safety Marvin White. That’s two of the guys fighting for the last safety spot that are gone. McDonald, a sixth-round pick from ’09, is a guy they like and has practice squad eligibility remaining.
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