CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals have placed defensive tackle Pat
Sims on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after learning his
left ankle was more severely hurt than initially thought.
Sims sat out a 35-7 loss in Pittsburgh with the injury, but
hoped to be recovered before the end of the season. Coach Marvin
Lewis says additional tests indicated the injury was too severe.
Sims wore a protective boot on the left foot Wednesday and declines
to talk about the injury, other than to say he is disappointed he
won't get a chance to play again.
The Bengals (7-5) have signed defensive tackle Nick Hayden to
take his spot. Hayden was Carolina's sixth-round pick in 2008 and
started 10 games last season. He was released in the final roster
cut before the season.