Mike Daniels has had a long road to Super Bowl LVI. The Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle was in the Pro Bowl just a few years ago with the Green Bay Packers. Mike has only played in two games since 2020 and was previously on the Bengals’ practice squad.
Everybody loves a comeback story. Daniels has been working out on his own to get in shape. He lobbied the team for a spot on the active roster for the big game against the Los Angeles Rams.
NFL.com reported that Daniels got his wish and has been elevated to the active roster for Super Bowl LVI. Mike Daniels will be the oldest active player on the Cincinnati defense. It was a feel-good moment for fans after Daniels spent years helping to develop younger players.
Matthew Stafford and the Rams boast an explosive offense and a smothering defense led by all-world DT Aaron Donald. Wideout Cooper Kupp is an early favorite to be the game’s MVP. Cincinnati will need all hands on deck to stop the coming onslaught.
In 2017, Mike Daniels recorded five sacks on his way to the 2017 Pro Bowl. An injury ended his career with Green Bay in 2019. Daniels played in nine games for the lowly Detroit Lions in 2019 before another injury sidetracked his comeback.
The Bengals brought him in in August of 2020. Daniels again suffered an elbow injury that kept him out. A positive test for COVID-19 has also derailed his hard work. In the end, it’s all paying off. Mike Daniels put in the hard work and will now have a chance to see the field in Super Bowl LVI.
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