CINCINNATI -- It was news those of us who cover the Cincinnati Bengals had long seen coming. Finally, Tuesday afternoon, it arrived.
A little more than a week after Bengals cornerback Leon Hall tore his Achilles in a season-ending injury at Detroit, the team officially moved him onto injured reserve. He will no longer be part of the 53-man roster this season, and is unable to return to it at any point this year.
As they did during Sunday's 49-9 win over the New York Jets, the Bengals anticipate placing Adam Jones into Hall's vacated roster spot for the rest of the year. The combination of Chris Crocker and Dre Kirkpatrick will continue fulfilling Hall's slot corner duties, as well.
The move was one of three the Bengals announced Tuesday. They also waived linebacker DeQuin Evans and promoted fellow linebacker and Cincinnati native J.K. Schaffer off the practice squad. Added to the 53-man roster, Schaffer has an opportunity to appear in his second career game. He played against the Steelers earlier this season during the Bengals' home opener. The team's leading tackler during the preseason, Schaffer was used specifically on special teams and could see similar action Thursday night when Cincinnati travels to Miami.
With linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive back Taylor Mays -- another special-teams standout -- dealing with injuries that will keep them out of this week's game, the Bengals brought Schaffer up as they look to add to their depth.
Evans was waived after rejoining the team Monday from a suspension. He missed the first eight weeks due to a violation of the league policy on performance-enhancement substances.