Bengals shut down Mike Nugent and Morgan Trent, get Antwan Odom back

As expected, the Bengals have placed kicker Mike Nugent on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury during a failed onside kick attempt with 2:35 to play in Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Colts.

And as Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out in reporting that the Steelers may cut kicker Jeff Reed, the Bengals could provide him with a new home.

The Bengals also have placed cornerback Morgan Trent on injured reserve.  He played in the team’s first eight games of the season (starting one), but he suffered a knee injury in practice on November 11.

The good news (if there ever is any for a 2-7 team) is that defensive end Antwan Odom has returned after a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy regarding steroids and related substances.  The Bengals received a one-week roster exemption for Odom, which gives them a total of three open roster spots.

One of those spots will surely go to a kicker.  Unless Chad Ochocinco can persuade Marvin Lewis to let the man with the golden cleats prove that he possesses a golden toe.