Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Bengals activating first-round OT Cedric Ogbuehi off the non-football injury list.
- Owczarski adds that the Bengals are placing CB Darqueze Dennard on season-ending injured reserve to make room for Ogbuehi.
Yesterday, Adam Schefter reported that Dennard was undergoing shoulder surgery and would miss the remainder of the 2015 season, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Ogbuehi, 23, signed his four-year, $9,325,682 rookie contract that included $8,728,997 fully guaranteed with the Bengals back in May with the expectation that he would eventually end up on either the PUP list or the NFI list.
Cincinnati added him to the NFI list at the start of the regular season before making roster cuts.
During his final year at Texas A&M, Ogbuehi sustained a torn ACL, but he could end up being a great long-term investment for the Bengals at a premium position.
Dennard, 24, is in the second year of his four-year, $7.978 million rookie contract that included $6.47 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $782,677 (2015), $1,145,355 (2016), and $988,032 (2017) over the remainder of the contract.
This season, Dennard has recorded 20 tackles, one interception, and three pass defenses for the Bengals over the course of 10 games.