The fifth-year veteran had been on the Bengals' reserve/physically unable to perform list due to a knee injury. According to the Bengals, he has completed rehab from the injury.
A sixth-round Bengals selection in the 2009 draft, the 29-year-old Scott has only three career starts. Had he played a game for Cincinnati this season, it would have only been his third since the 2011 season.
The timing of Scott's contract termination probably wasn't too big a surprise. He had barely contributed in three years, and rookie Giovani Bernard has already started living up to the lofty expectations that preceded him. Bernard had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the Bengals' 20-10 win over the Steelers on Monday night.
In addition to the Scott move, the Bengals on Monday waived safety Jeromy Miles and moved linebacker J.K. Schaffer off the practice squad and onto the 53-man roster. A Cincinnati native who played at the University of Cincinnati, Schaffer called the move "a dream; you couldn't write it up any better."
Schaffer wasn't on the field much, but his first career game came in primetime against a division rival.