Bengals sign S Tony Dye to practice squad

September, 24, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- In an effort to shore up the franchise's depth at safety after Jeromy Miles cleared waivers and was picked up by Baltimore on Monday, the Bengals signed safety Tony Dye to their practice squad Tuesday.

The former UCLA standout rejoins the organization after having been part of the expanded preseason roster. He was among the group of players who were cut Aug. 31 when preseason rosters shrank for the final time to reach their 53-man regular-season capacity. Dye also was part of the roster last season, but was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in a preseason game.

Dye originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent.

The move came after Miles was claimed by the Ravens when he was waived by the Bengals on Saturday for the second time this season. The first time came hours before Cincinnati's Week 2 game against Pittsburgh. The Bengals brought Miles back that time by dropping the player he was swapped for, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, back to the practice squad. The moves involving Miles were the Bengals' way of trying to maneuver roster spots to account for special-teams bodies. Miles was going through an injury and wasn't able to play, as were other Bengals defensive backs.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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