According to Pro Football Talk, the Cincinnati Bengals have announced today that the NFL has nullified the team’s contract with young defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi. Apparently, Bilukidi “does not have the proper documentation to work in the United States at this time.”
Bilukidi is a Canadian citizen, and according to the Bengals, does not have the necessary work permit.
Earlier this season, the 23-year-old had five tackles and one sack in five games with the Oakland Raiders, before being waived on Oct. 23. The Bengals said that Bilukidi had the work permit with the Raiders, but that it “will not correctly transfer” to the Bengals for whatever reason.
The Bengals now have an open spot on the 53-man roster with Bilukidi contract nullified and defensive tackle Geno Atkins being placed on injured reserve. The spot will most likely be filled by another defensive tackle prospect for added depth.