Bengals pick Johnson as backup QB, release Skelton

The Bengals picked Josh Johnson as their backup quarterback

Saturday, waiving John Skelton as they got down to the 53-man

roster limit.

The two were competing for the spot behind Andy Dalton. Johnson

followed Dalton into each of the last two preseason games, an

indication he was in front in the competition. He impressed during

a 27-10 win over Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Skelton had never run a West Coast offense and was behind in the

competition as a result.

Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur dislocated his right shoulder during

the game against Indianapolis. The Bengals placed him on injured

reserve Saturday, ending his season.

Running back Bernard Scott went on the physically unable to

perform list as he recovers from knee surgery last season. He’s

eligible to return to practice after the sixth week of the season

if he’s cleared medically. Second-round draft pick Giovani Bernard

has taken the No. 2 spot at running back behind BenJarvus


The Bengals open the season next Sunday at Chicago.

Offensive tackle Dennis Roland was released on Saturday. The

Bengals also waived 17 others: fullback John Conner, tight end

Bryce Davis, safety Tony Dye, offensive tackle Reid Fragel,

receiver Cobi Hamilton, running back Daniel Herron, center T.J.

Johnson, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, cornerback Onterio

McCalebb, defensive end Dontay Moch, cornerback Shaun Prater,

receiver Taveon Rogers, receiver Roy Roundtree, linebacker J.K.

Schaffer, defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, guard John Sullen and

linebacker Bruce Taylor.

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