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Gary Russell joins Cincy

4/17/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 Russell
It didn't take long for former Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Gary Russell to find a new home.

About 24 hours after being cut by the defending champions, Russell was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Friday.

Russell was Pittsburgh's short-yardage back last season. He earned playing time after the season-ending shoulder injury to former first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall. But with Mendenhall's return this year, Russell became expendable.

The Bengals, meanwhile, are looking for a running back to add depth behind starter Cedric Benson. Russell is a third-year player who has 35 career carries for 98 yards.