CINCINNATI -- There are about to be five players in the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback room.
The team announced Saturday afternoon that it signed first-year quarterback Tyler Wilson, affirming a move coach Marvin Lewis alluded to in a news conference about an hour before the announcement. The move was made to help the Bengals account for the hit it will take with backup Jason Campbell expected to miss some practice time because of an injury he suffered in Thursday's preseason opener at Kansas City.
Waived by the Titans on Thursday, Wilson will be part of his third organization since entering the league in 2013. He also spent time on the Oakland Raiders' roster. In college at Arkansas, he had 52 career touchdowns and had two 3,000-yard passing seasons. With the Bengals, he's expected to strictly serve as an arm to help the Bengals' offense get meaningful practice and preseason game reps behind starter Andy Dalton for as long as Campbell is out, which might not be long.
"Jason will rest [Saturday]," Lewis said before the mid-afternoon practice. "But he should be fine to get back to work next week. We don't have to rush him if he's still sore."
Lewis said Campbell has a bruise on his throwing elbow. Campbell received it when a Chiefs defensive lineman's helmet made contact with his right arm on his follow-through.
Campbell, wearing a black arm sleeve Saturday morning when he spoke with reporters, wasn't sure exactly when he would be ready to play again. Still, he's optimistic he will be in uniform next Saturday when the Bengals host the Jets in their second preseason game.
"We're taking it one day at a time. I know the doctors; that's their analogy," Campbell said. "But at the same time, everybody's body works different. So we'll see how fast the week goes. But I look forward to getting back out there."
For now, third-string quarterback Matt Scott -- who earned his share of respect around the locker room for his performance at Kansas City -- 7 for 11 and 66 yards passing with one touchdown and a game-high 68 yards rushing -- appears as if he will slide into the No. 2 spot. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron still hasn't been cleared off the non-football injury list and has yet to practice. It's possible he could get listed on the physically unable to perform list this season so the Bengals can rest his sore shoulder and retain a roster spot that can be used for keeping a player at another position. As part of the PUP list, McCarron wouldn't count against the 53-man regular-season roster limit.
Campbell's injury came on top of a performance that he wasn't completely proud of. Along with his two touchdown passes, Campbell also was intercepted twice. The pickoffs "take away from all the good plays that you had," Campbell said.
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he's not panicking over Campbell's struggles, but he does know one thing: "He can't throw interceptions anymore."