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Crocker returns to banged-up Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals turned to a former starter to help out their injury-filled secondary. Chris Crocker, Cincinnati's strong safety for parts of the past four seasons, re-signed with the Bengals, according to the team's official website.

The Bengals are down to two healthy cornerbacks, Terence Newman and Adam Jones, heading into Sunday's game at Jacksonville. Leon Hall (hamstring) and Nate Clements (calf) didn't practice Wednesday, and Jason Allen (thigh) was limited. What makes Crocker valuable is his ability to play nickel corner.

This will give Crocker a chance to redeem himself with Cincinnati after making key mistakes in last season's 31-10 playoff loss at Houston. He dropped a sure interception that could have been returned for a touchdown, which would have tied the score in the third quarter. Then he failed to push Arian Foster out of bounds on a 42-yard touchdown run, which was the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter.

Crocker, though, will have to do this with a new look. His No. 42 jersey has been given to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He will now wear No. 33.