The Cincinnati Bengals got an important piece of their defensive line back last week when defensive end Khalid Kareem was activated off the reserve/injured list and started his 21-day practice window.
Unfortunately, his return, at least with the Bengals, will be short-lived. In a shocking move, the Bengals waived Kareem on Tuesday.
After being placed on the active/non-football injury list during the summer before his rookie campaign in 2020, Kareem showed a few flashes as a rotation piece with 19 tackles and a sack.
However, it’s been downhill from there. He missed the first seven games of the 2021 season because of a hamstring injury and was inactive for three more.
We have waived DE Khalid Kareem.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 11, 2022
When Kareem did play, his impact was nonexistent with just nine tackles in the seven games.
Granted, Kareem has had his struggles to stay on the field and reach his potential so far but it’s still surprising that the Bengals are parting ways with him after just two full seasons.
Now, the former fifth-round pick will look to restart his career elsewhere.