CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals, tired of waiting for two prominent veteran holdouts, Monday waived running back Larry Kinnebrew and free safety Robert Jackson.
Kinnebrew, a six-year veteran who led the club in rushing last year, and Jackson, a starter and eight-year veteran, are free to negotiate with any NFL club.
The Bengals also cut running backs Dan Rice and Dana Wright, tight end John Goode, wide receivers Greg Meehan and Robert Thompson, tackle Herb Wester, guard Doug Aronson and linebacker Tim Inglis. Placed on injured reserve were linebacker Rich Romer, center Paul Jetton, safety Chris Barber, wide receiver Carl Parker and nose tackle Curtis Maxey. Cincinnati reached the 47-man roster limit.
Neither Kinnebrew nor Jackson reported to training camp. Both were trying to negotiate new contracts.
'I don't think they went about it in a very intelligent fashion,' said Bengals assistant general manager Mike Brown, the team's negotiator.
'They're so late now that we don't think they can come in and help us. They may be able to help elsewhere, but we're not going to stop the show, bring them on board and make room by releasing players who have been here throughout training camp, who have worked hard and have satisfied us by doing good jobs.'
Asked if the Bengals were sending a message to players that long holdouts won't be tolerated, Brown said, 'It's not designed to be a message to anybody other than these two players. That doesn't mean we would treat other players this way in the future.
'It's not meant to be a precedent. It's not meant to send a signal. It's just meant to indicate what we thought was our best course of action in the cases of these two players. These two just waited too long, as far as we're concerned.'
Last week, the Bengals released veteran starting center Dave Rimington, another holdout, after club officials said he had failed a physical examination. The next day, however, Rimington passed a Philadelphia exam and signed with the Eagles.
Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason said the release of Rimington, who helped Esiason lead a players' strike last year, 'may have been vindictiveness.' But Brown insisted Monday that wasn't the case.
'Rimington failed a physical,' Brown said. 'Our doctors thought he shouldn't continue to play football. He chose to play (with Philadelphia), but we weren't going to permit him to play here under those conditions. We thought it was too much of a risk for him as well as for us.'