The Bengals took a look at three kickers Thursday while Mike Nugent recovers from a calf injury and they chose one of them to serve as a replacement until Nugent is ready to get back to work.
The team announced that Josh Brown beat out Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers for the job. Brown was cut by the Jets at the end of August after he lost a summer battle with Nick Folk. He signed with them after losing his job in St. Louis when Greg Zuerlein was drafted in April. He spent four years with the Rams after breaking in with the Seahawks as a seventh-round pick in 2003.
Brown made 21-of-28 field goals last season and hit three of the four he tried for the Jets during preseason.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals website reports that Nugent’s injury isn’t thought to be serious, but it “may take a week to get out the tweak.” Brown will be in town until that happens.