Bengals claim former Jags LB Manning after Miller goes down

Updated: November 13, 2007, 8:18 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

For the second time in two weeks, the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday placed a middle linebacker on injured reserve, prematurely ending the season of Caleb Miller, who has not played since suffering a back injury on Sept. 23.

Miller, 27, becomes the fifth Cincinnati linebacker lost for the season to injury or suspension, and joins Ahmad Brooks, Lemar Marshall, David Pollack and Odell Thurman on the sideline. All but Thurman, who is serving a second straight season-long suspension, are injured.

Brooks, Thurman and Miller are all middle linebackers.

To replace Miller on the roster, the snake-bitten Bengals claimed free agent linebacker Roy Manning, who was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and is joining his fifth NFL team in only three seasons in the league.

Originally signed by Green Bay as an undrafted college free agent in 2005, Manning, who played at the University of Michigan, has appeared in 16 regular-season games and he is known as a solid special teams contributor.

The end to Miller's season could also end his career in Cincinnati, since he is eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.

The former Arkansas star played in 39 games, 11 as a starter, and registered 158 tackles, one sack, five passes defended and one forced fumble. A versatile defender when healthy, Miller started at various time at the middle and weakside linebacker spots. In 2006, the only season in which he appeared in all 16 games, he had a career-best 100 tackles.

In three games this season, with one start, Miller had 10 tackles and one pass defensed. He had been inactive for six weeks, since suffering the back injury against Seattle in the third game of the season.