Joseph's Season Ended By Foot Injury

The Bengals lost their third defensive starter to the IR list on Friday when cornerback Johnathan Joseph's season was ended by a recurring foot injury.

Joseph aggravated the injury in last Sunday's 13-13 tie against Philadelphia and did not play in Thursday night's 27-10 loss at Pittsburgh. David Jones started in place of Joseph and made six tackles to go along with three pass breakups.

Joseph is the 12th player on the Bengals current IR, a list that includes linebacker Keith Rivers and safety Dexter Jackson. He finishes the season with 42 tackles, 14 pass breakups, one interception, a forced fumble and a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Baltimore in the season opener. Joseph has had surgery on both of his feet previously and was forced to sit out games against the New York Giants and Cleveland in September due to foot troubles.

The Bengals signed rookie Simeon Castille off of the practice squad to take Joseph's spot on the 53-man roster. Castille had made the Bengals opening day roster and played in the first four games before being waived and signed to the practice squad.

OTHER INJURIES – The Bengals' injury worries continue to expand after defensive ends Robert Geathers and Frostee Rucker left the game. Lewis said Rucker (hamstring) was the worse of the two, while Geathers (knee) is more likely to be ready for the team's next game against Baltimore on Nov. 30.

The Bengals have played the last two games without Antwan Odom (shoulder) and his status to play against the Ravens remains uncertain. Defensive tackle John Thornton moved outside to play end opposite of Jonathan Fanene.

HOLDING UP WELL – Rookie Anthony Collins and first-year player Nate Livings accounted well for themselves against Pittsburgh. Both players were making the first starts of their careers; Collins at left tackle for Levi Jones and Livings at left guard in place of Andrew Whitworth.

"I think it went pretty well for the first go," said Livings. "Football is football. I'm not being over-confident but this a game we've been playing since Pee Wee. I'm not saying we're All-Pros but we come to work like everybody else and we're trying to get better every day. That's our job."

Head coach Marvin Lewis said, after watching tape of the game, that he was pleased with how both of his young players performed.

"I thought they handled the situation, the bright lights, well," said Lewis. "Obviously there's a way to go, but it wasn't like they wet their pants or anything. They stayed in there and fought and played very tough. That was good. But, again, we didn't win the football game, we didn't run the football very effectively, and we didn't get enough first downs offensively, so there's not a lot to be real happy about."


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