The Cincinnati Bengals were the victims of some “practice squad poaching” on Tuesday when the Indianapolis Colts signed defensive end Khalid Kareem.

Kareem was expected to be a contributor as a depth player for the Bengals but a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason forced him to open the regular season on Injured Reserve.

On a surprise move at the time, the Bengals waived him upon his return and re-signed him to the practice squad.

Cincinnati’s former fifth-round pick will head to a Colts team that’s been surprisingly decent since the arrival of Jeff Saturday as head coach. Indianapolis beat the Las Vegas Raiders and led the game against the Philadelphia Eagles for most of the game before losing it by a single point.

The Bengals rank 10th in the NFL in pressure rate, per Pro Football Reference. Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard have been impressive leading the defensive end room. Hopefully, the DE group stays healthy and Kareem isn’t missed while he’s in Indianapolis.

The Bengals will likely be interested in bringing the 24-year-old back to the team when the chance arises either later this year or next offseason.

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