The Bengals have lost 22 players to the Injured Reserve list this season, including secondary starters CB Johnathan Joseph, S Dexter Jackson and S Marvin White. The Bengals have also been without S Chinedum Ndukwe the past three games due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
CB Leon Hall is the only opening day starter from the secondary who has played all 13 games this season.
Doss (5-10, 207; Ohio State) is a sixth-year NFL player, with 54 games played and 43 starts, plus two starts in five postseason games. The Canton, Ohio, native entered the NFL in 2003 as a second-round draft choice of Indianapolis and played for the Colts through 2006, helping them win Super Bowl XLI. He signed for 2007 with Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent and played in nine games, with seven games on the inactive list. His Vikings contract expired after the ’07 season, and he has not been with an NFL team previously this year. His regular season career statistics include 178 tackles, seven interceptions and 17 total passes defensed.
The Bengals released DE Josh Mallard to make room for Doss. Mallard played in the last two games after signing with Cincinnati on Nov. 24. The Bengals also signed CB Marcus Brown to the practice squad. Brown signed with Arizona last May 2 as an undrafted rookie free agent and played in three preseason games with the Cardinals.
JEANTY HONORED – LB Rashad Jeanty has been named the winner of this year’s Ed Block Courage Award.
The award honors NFL players who demonstrate commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage. Each team selects one player as its nominee. Jeanty will be honored with the other recipients at the annual awards banquet in Baltimore following the 2008 season.
“Rashad is very worthy of the recognition bestowed upon him by his teammates,” said Paul Sparling, Bengals head athletic trainer. “He came through some tough childhood circumstances, he worked his way into the NFL through the Canadian Football League, and he is one of our finest examples of a player who fights through injuries. He gives it his all every day, on the field and off the field.”
Jeanty has played in all 13 Bengals games this year, with 12 starts. He ranks third on the team in tackles (82), second in special teams tackles (15) and tied for first in forced fumbles (two). He also has a special teams fumble recovery, a Bengals onside kick recovery, five QB hurries and two passes defensed.
A native of Miami, Fla., Jeanty played in college at Central Florida and entered pro football from 2003-2005 with Edmonton in the Canadian Football League. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2006 and now has 35 career NFL games played with 28 starts.