The Cincinnati Bengals' depth on the defensive line took a hit when the team placed DT Pat Sims on injured reserve, putting an end to his season. Sims injured his ankle against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 27 and was out last week against Pittsburgh.
The move leaves Domata Peko and Geno Atkins at the tackle position with Jonathan Fanene available as a backup at both tackle and end. Cincinnati signed former Carolina Panther Nick Hayden to take Sims' place on the roster. Hayden started 10 games last season for Carolina.
Sims was having an outstanding season backing up Peko and Atkins. In 11 games, he recorded 20 tackles and a sack. His addition to the rotation ensured fresh bodies on the field for Cincinnati and had paid off in the team's fourth quarter performances. No word on whether or how Mike Zimmer will rotate players at tackle from here on out. With Carlos Dunlap still questionable with a hamstring issue, Fanene has been needed at defensive end as well.
Sims is in his third season with the Bengals after they drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Auburn.
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