Bengals claim Khairi Fortt off of waivers

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The Saints made a curious move this week when they waived linebacker Khairi Fortt, a fourth-round pick in May who was on injured reserve with the designation to return because of a leg injury.

That injury didn’t keep Fortt from making it through waivers unclaimed, however. The Bengals claimed Fortt and they’ve place linebacker Sean Porter, who hurt his knee in New England, on season-ending injured reserve to open up a spot for him on the roster.

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals website reports that Fortt is expected to pass his physical and he’d be eligible to play right away. The Bengals are waiting to see if Vontaze Burfict can make it back from a concussion this week and Fortt could find his way into the lineup to play at least special teams in the event Burfict can’t play this weekend.

Dropping Fortt didn’t open up a roster spot for the Saints and coach Sean Payton didn’t offer an explanation for their change of heart about the 126th pick from this year’s draft.