CINCINNATI, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A disappointing season for Cincinnati Bengals safety Lamont Thompson officially ended Thursday when he was placed on injured reserve.
The rookie underwent surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.
The tear was discovered in October, and as Thompson tried to play through the injury, his condition worsened.
Thompson was a second-round pick from Washington State. He lost his starting job in training camp to Mark Roman. He finished with one interception and nine tackles.
The Bengals also signed quarterback Joe Germaine from the practice squad. The former Ohio State star was last on an NFL roster with Kansas City in 2001.