CINCINNATI, OH--On Monday, the Cincinnati Bengals announced the deactivation of second-year linebacker David Pollack due to his suffering a broken vertibrate Sunday in the Bengals' win over state-rival Cleveland. Tuesday, the Bengals announced that spot would be filled by their sixth round draft pick, wide receiver Reggie McNeal.
McNeal, a quarterback at Texas A&M, is noted for his blazing speed, posting a 40 yard dash time of 4.36. McNeal, signed off the Bengals' practice squad, fills Pollack's spot as health concerns continue to plague the entire Bengals' roster, including the receiving corp that is thought to be one of the deepest in the league.
Antonio Chatman and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have not played in either of the Bengals first two games. It is reported Tab Perry injured his hip at the conclusion of Sunday's encounter. At this point, there is no word about the status of any of the three. Also, Chad Johnson is believed to be alright after his brutal hit late in the fourth quarter, but no one will know for certain until next Sunday afternoon. McNeal had two rushes for thirteen yards, and three receptions for forty-six yards, in pre-season action. He also contributed eighty-eight yards on four kickoff returns.
In addition to the concerns with the receivers, safety Dexter Jackson and center Rich Braham are expected to miss at least a couple of weeks with their injuries.