Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Peerman was removed from his team's third preseason game with a broken arm that requires surgery. He has been placed on injured reserve but is eligible to return. It is uncertain when he will do so.
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Peerman Placed on Injured Reserve
Sunday, Sept. 4
Peerman Holds Value as Special Teams Player
Peerman, who has been with Cincinnati since 2010, has been a steady presence on the roster who contributes in a variety of ways.
As a running back, the 29-year-old has tallied only 334 rushing yards and one touchdown in six years. However, he has appeared in all 16 games in each of the last three seasons, notably making an impact on special teams.
Last season, Peerman earned his first Pro Bowl selection as a coverage player and blocker after tallying a team-high 13 solo tackles on special teams.
"Playing special teams is not like a glamor position, and a lot of people don’t understand what special teams cover players do, so it’s just nice to be appreciated every once in a while," Peerman said during the offseason, per Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com.
The Bengals should be fine at running back, with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard remaining in the primary roles, and the lost contributions on special teams might not be immediately noticeable while Peerman is sidelined.
Still, the former sixth-round pick is a team captain for a reason, and the Bengals will miss his impact on and off the field while he is out.