The Bengals’ offensive line is getting thinner. After losing 11th overall pick and projected starter at left tackle Jonah Williams for the season due to a shoulder injury, Cincinnati is losing another member of the unit.
The Bengals have placed guard Christian Westerman on the Exempt/Left Squad list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link). Westerman had reportedly been considering retirement, and now he’s officially decided to step away. After Williams went down, the Bengals slid Cordy Glenn over from left guard to left tackle to take his place.
There was an open competition taking place to see who would replace Glenn at left guard, and Westerman was in the mix. We had heard back in July that Westerman appeared to be the early favorite to win the job, so this certainly isn’t welcome news for the Bengals.
Cincy originally drafted Westerman in the fifth round back in 2016 out of Arizona State. He played sparingly his first few years in the league, making two starts in 2017, the only two starts of his career.