NFL Roster Cuts 2011: Cincinnati Bengals Who Didn't Make the Grade

Matt GrayContributor IAugust 30, 2011

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Jordan Palmer #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The first cut is upon us, as teams are required to cut roster numbers from 90 to 80 by the end of today, following lockout altered schedules. Further cuts to bring the roster down to 53 must be completed by Saturday's end.

So who didn't make the cut in Cincinnati?

Here's what we know as of Tuesday morning. 

Lolomana Mikaele DT, A rookie defensive tackle out of Arizona, Mikaele was waived by the Bengals with an injury settlement. While the nature of his injuries remains unclear, they are said to not be serious.

Jordan Palmer QB, Cutting ties with the younger Palmer was something we all expected, and it came on Saturday. With Dan LeFevour potentially heading to the practice squad, and Jordan ineligible for that position, he was very much the spare part.

Tom Nelson S, Third-year safety Tom Nelson became a victim of numbers on Saturday. In two seasons, Nelson clocked 34 tackles (27 solo) with one interception.

LeRoy Vann CB, Waived just ten days after he was signed. His true value lay in PR/KR after a prolific NCAA career, but he failed to catch on in the NFL and the Bengals are already pretty set in terms of return men.

The Bengals also waived rookie LB Stephen Franklin and WR Jamere Holland, along with terminating the contract of fifth-year CB Fred Bennett.

Points of interest include the decision to likely go with two quarterbacks (Dalton and Gradkowski) as opposed to three if Jordan Palmer had stayed with the team.

Other news on the radar, includes Marvin Lewis confirming on Monday that Adam Jones will start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

The unfortunate catalyst for the signing of Kelly Jennings, Jones' neck injury has prevented him from seeing any practice time, and without any sort of clearance, the Bengals will have to place Jones on the PUP list.

Other notes of interest on Monday:

For the second time, the Bengals were without tight end Jermaine Gresham (ankle), left end Carlos Dunlap (knee) and defensive tackle Jason Shirley (calf) for practice. Gresham went inside early in practice with strength coach Chip Morton, Dunlap sprinted and did drills on the side with rehab director Nick Cosgray, and Shirley rode the exercise bike.

Defensive tackle Pat Sims took to the field for his first practice on Sunday and has declared himself ready to play on Thursday when the Bengals host the Colts.

“I’ll come in when I need to," Sims said. "I have no problem with that. I’m just getting ready to play now.”

Following arthroscopic surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus in January, Sims fell victim to the lockout by not being able to rehab his knee properly for football, a sentiment Marvin Lewis echoed on Monday.

As one of the teams best run-stopping tackles, Sims' return is an exciting prospect, considering that without him the Bengals have only allowed running backs to muster 55 yards in their last two outings.  

Rookie running back Jay Finley (ankle) also returned to practice on Sunday, following recovery from an injury sustained against the Lions in the opener.

It has also emerged via Geoff Hobson of, that the Bengals traded a seventh-round pick in 2012 for 49ers safety Taylor Mays.

Stay tuned for more on cuts as Saturday rolls around. The Bengals have position battles everywhere on the roster right now, and Thursday night will be the first time that most get enough playing time to state their case before Saturday.