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CINCINNATI -- Two days after his early-season suspension ended, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was retained by the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday and was added to the 53-man roster.

The Bengals have now hit that limit once again, after spending all of this week and part of the last one player shy of the in-season maximum. Until Wednesday, they had 52 players.

Lewis-Harris had been in a sort of limbo since Monday, after the team had been granted a two-day exemption in order to figure out what exactly it wanted to do with him. The Bengals had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to inform the league whether they wanted to release him or add him back to the 53-man roster. He was granted full reinstatement to all team activities Monday, so he didn't lose any of those privileges when he first returned.

Lewis-Harris had been suspended the first two games of the season after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The third-year player spent the preseason with the Bengals after appearing in regular-season games the last two years. He has five career tackles in eight games.

Bengals make offensive roster moves

September, 16, 2014
Sep 16
CINCINNATI -- With their passing offense -- specifically their tight ends -- depleted after the first two games of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday made a series of roster moves.

First, they placed 10-year veteran tight end Alex Smith on the injured reserve list after he suffered a left biceps injury against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Smith was one of three Bengals lost in the first quarter of a physical game. Overall, five Bengals were sidelined before the game ended, causing the Bengals to get a little creative with their personnel decisions entering this Sunday's contest against the Tennessee Titans.

Since fellow tight end Tyler Eifert is already on the short-term IR, and since teams are only permitted to put one player per season on that designated-to-return IR, Tuesday's news means Smith's season is officially over. He's placed onto the season-ending injured reserve. He appeared in the first two games, helping the Bengals address their depth behind Eifert, who got hurt in the first quarter of the season opener at Baltimore.

Eifert is expected to return Week 10 when the Bengals host the Cleveland Browns on a Thursday night.

In addition to removing Smith from the 53-man roster, the Bengals signed free-agent tight end Kevin Brock and slid him into Smith's old spot. Brock is a second-year player who opened this season's training camp with the Bengals before getting waived two days before the team's preseason finale. He originally was signed by the Bengals last postseason after Smith dislocated a wrist in the regular-season finale. This is the second straight season Smith has ended a year on IR.

Along with adding Brock, the Bengals also released tight end Ryan Otten off the practice squad to make room for offensive lineman Emmett Cleary. The versatile guard/tackle is a first-year player from Boston College. He spent time last season on Tampa Bay's practice squad before getting acquired by Oakland on waivers this summer. He was waived by the Raiders the same day the Bengals cut Brock.

Even with all these moves, the Bengals have the same number of players they did when the day began -- 52. They're still one shy of the 53-man limit, and could hit it Wednesday when they have to make a decision on cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, whose two-game suspension ended Monday. The NFL granted the Bengals a two-day exemption period starting Monday to determine what they're going to do with him. At this point, it seems they'll either sign him or release him.
CINCINNATI -- The two-week suspension Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris served for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy was lifted Monday.

He was granted full reinstatement to all team activities, but his status with the team as of now remains in limbo.

For now, he is neither formally on the 53-man roster nor on the practice squad. The NFL granted Lewis-Harris and the Bengals a two-day exemption Monday that will give the team two days to figure out what exactly it will do with him. The Bengals have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to inform the league.

With only 52 players on the current 53-man roster, there technically is a spot for him. But after a wave of serious injuries swept over the team in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Falcons, the Bengals may be active on the free-agent market this week as they try to maintain depth following the injuries. Receiver A.J. Green, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, offensive guard Kevin Zeitler, tight end Alex Smith and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson were the five players lost in Sunday's game.

Zeitler's, Thompson's and Smith's injuries appear to be the most serious; it appears for now that it could be weeks before they return to action. The other two have better chances of playing this week against Tennessee but are more likely to be rested this week ahead of the Bengals' Week 4 bye.

Lewis-Harris' partial reinstatement means he is cleared to participate in workouts and personnel meetings. If he gets signed to the 53-man roster officially on Wednesday, he will join a deep defensive backs group.

The third-year player spent the preseason with the Bengals after appearing in regular-season games the last two years. He has eight career defensive tackles.
CINCINNATI -- In no particular order, the following are six Cincinnati Bengals you'll want to pay attention to during Sunday night's preseason game at the Arizona Cardinals (8 p.m. ET).

QB Andy Dalton: Pay close attention to how much Dalton plays against the Cardinals in this "dress rehearsal" type of preseason game for him and other starters. Coach Marvin Lewis said this week that he wasn't going to cap the number of quarters Dalton would play. He instead wanted to see how quickly he hit a limit of snaps. It's likely we'll see Dalton late into the second quarter, and he might even sneak into the third quarter, too, if the snaps are within Lewis' range. More important to the Bengals than how much Dalton plays is how well he performs. The team is hopeful he can continue to showcase some of the impressive play that has defined his strong preseason start.

RB Jeremy Hill: Lewis and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson have both said they believe their rookie running back can play with the Bengals' first-team offense, and they mentioned that they would like to get him more reps with that unit Sunday. That doesn't mean Giovani Bernard won't be getting first-team reps, too. It just means the starting tailback might end up getting a little extra rest this week so that Hill can share a few more opportunities earlier in a preseason game. In the first two preseason games, Hill was the third back on the field, replacing Bernard's previous replacement, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With Green-Ellis battling a stomach virus and fellow backup Rex Burkhead trying to recover from a knee injury, Hill should have several chances to augment his running backs-leading rushing average of 5.8 yards per preseason carry.

C Russell Bodine: With Dalton expected to be in the game a little longer, look for Bodine to have more reps with a less fluid offensive line. In the first two games, the rookie center remained on the field for a few series after Dalton exited, as he also snapped to backup quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Matt Scott. He also snapped with different rotations of linemen lined up next to him. In this game, he'll probably see more consistent action with the starting linemen dand Dalton as the group continues to fine-tune its timing and rhythm. He's been cleaner in recent weeks. The snap issues that bugged Bodine in training camp faded a bit last week.

DT Geno Atkins: The Bengals' Pro Bowl defensive tackle and heralded pass rusher will be making his 2014 debut against the Cardinals, trying to help put heat on Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, a former Bengal. Atkins has gone through team drills all this week, according to coaches. He's also looked good in them. Lewis said Friday that the lineman has looked like his old self, exploding off the line and maneuvering his way into the backfield. Atkins will be playing for the first time since tearing his ACL last October at Miami. As the Bengals prepare for the regular season, it's important for Atkins to get steady reps in a preseason game in order to boost his confidence in the surgically repaired knee. Definitely keep an eye on how he looks, and how conditioned he appears to be.

LB Marquis Flowers: Sunday's game will be a homecoming for Flowers, who will be playing his first professional game miles from where he grew up. The Phoenix native was drafted by the Bengals in the sixth round in May after starring at the University of Arizona. Also see how he responds to the defensive situations he'll be part of late in the ballgame. Although listed as a linebacker, Flowers also played safety in college and has been noted for his coverage skills. As the Bengals continue harping on the need to find quality backup players, don't be surprised if Flowers continues getting respectable minutes. He played 30 snaps on defense and 13 on special teams last week against the Jets.

CB Chris Lewis-Harris: Lewis-Harris could play a sizable role this week as the Bengals fight through a few injuries in the defensive backfield. Rookie Darqueze Dennard doesn't seem likely to play after missing every practice this week with a hip injury. Had this been the regular season, he probably would end up gutting out the injury. With Dennard out and Dre Kirkpatrick an uncertainty after missing Friday's practice with a stomach virus, the Bengals might be giving a few reserve corners additional playing time. Lewis-Harris would be among those to benefit.
For five days the Cincinnati Bengals' play at practice was so clean, coach Marvin Lewis considered it one of the more positive parts of his team's opening week of practices.

Then Day 6 rolled around.

On Wednesday, the Bengals were joined at practice by four NFL officials. The crew will be in town through Saturday, and make calls in 11-on-11 situations to help the Bengals get an idea if their play really is as clean and penalty-free as it has appeared.

"We did get off to a really good start," Lewis acknowledged during a news conference three hours before Wednesday's practice. "Now coming off a day off, we need to have just that much focus, and we'll work hard to get their attention right away."

The staff wasn't as successful in that regard as it would have hoped.

Flags flew furiously throughout the workout as officials punished linebackers at least twice for illegal touching downfield on tight ends or running backs. On at least another three occasions, penalties were levied for false starts. Then there were the penalties that would have come had the one brawl and the other near-brawl taken place in a game. You can read more about the skirmishes in Wednesday's camp report.

To top all of that ugly, penalty-filled play, the Bengals also had a botched snap. Rookie center Russell Bodine sent a shotgun exchange flying several feet over quarterback Andy Dalton's head.

"I hope that we have a pretty good understanding of responsibilities and focus," Lewis said before the practice. "When you understand and know your job in and out, then you reduce a lot of that anxiety and you ought to be able to concentrate on some of the things and the details which really matter. We don't want to have pre-snap fouls, things that are basically a mental error, just as bad as an assignment error. We want to continue to limit those."

While the officials are around, it will be easier for the Bengals to see where they need to refine some of their issues that involve penalties. In some cases, namely in the illegal touching situations, the official might exaggerate the foul for the player who committed it to have a better understanding what he can and cannot do this season. Certain penalties like illegal touching downfield are going to receive a bit more scrutiny than before.

Later Thursday, the four officials at Bengals camp -- head linesman Kent Payne, umpire Undrey Wash, back judge Todd Prukop and side judge Michael Banks -- will discuss some of the rule changes with reporters.

By the end of the week, it will be interesting to see how much the Bengals have learned from the officials, and how much better they will be at limiting the infractions.

Let's get to a couple Quick Takes for the morning:

Four under concussion protocol: As the league continues its crusade to emphasize player safety, particularly issues involving head trauma, it isn't really that surprising to see so many Bengals get placed under concussion protocol following the first two days of fully padded practices. You can read a little more about J.K. Schaffer, Jayson DiManche, Kevin Brock and Andre Smith being placed under the protocol here.

The two players this time away from practice probably hurts most are DiManche and Schaffer. Much like last training camp, both are in the middle of a battle for the final linebacker spots on the 53-man roster. DiManche might have the early edge since he has had an extra day of practice (Schaffer hasn't practiced since Sunday. DiManche has so far only missed Wednesday's workout). They both eked onto the team last year, and saw occasional action primarily as special teams additions.

Lewis-Harris suspended: You also can read more here about cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris' two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Already in a fight for one of the final cornerback spots, Lewis-Harris did not need this issue to pop up right now. Since he is allowed to practice and play in preseason games but won't be on the active roster the first two weeks of the regular season, the Bengals could break camp carrying him and all the other cornerbacks they would have planned to take. It will give them a chance to perhaps keep an eye on another cornerback before determining which of the two they ought to release when Lewis-Harris would be able to rejoin the team.
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals backup cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended without pay for two games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

According to a statement from a league spokesman, he will be suspended the first two games of the regular season, and won't be permitted to rejoin the active roster until the Monday following the Bengals' Sept. 14 home game against the Falcons. He still will be allowed to participate in preseason practices and games.

He participated fully in Wednesday's practice.

Lewis-Harris is a fringe member of the Bengals secondary, and not expected to have a major contributing role this season. The second-year player bounced back and forth between the practice squad last season. He was part of the gameday roster seven times last year, including the Bengals' lone playoff game. The former undrafted free agent also appeared in two games in 2012, his first year in the NFL.

He had one defensive tackle and four special teams tackles last season.

Bengals promote Lewis-Harris, waive Dye

December, 12, 2013
CINCINNATI -- In an effort to make up for the loss of cornerback Terence Newman to injury, the Cincinnati Bengals made a pair of roster moves Thursday involving their secondary.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was re-signed to the 53-man roster after spending the past three weeks on the practice squad. He took the place of safety Tony Dye, who was waived.

Lewis-Harris has spent the season bouncing between the 53-man and practice squad rosters. He has played in three games, spending much of his time on special teams. While he would primarily play special teams if active Sunday night when the Bengals visit Pittsburgh, his addition also is a sign Cincinnati is trying to shore up its defensive backfield depth.

Second-year corner Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to take over at the second cornerback position with Newman out one to three weeks with an MCL sprain. The other starting corner will be Adam Jones, who has played in place of Leon Hall since Hall's season-ending Achilles tear Week 7 at Detroit.

As for Dye, the former practice squad player had been on the 53-man roster since Cincinnati's Nov. 17 game against the Cleveland Browns. That day, while appearing on the Bengals' punt coverage unit, he scooped and scored off a blocked punt. The 24-yard return extended a Bengals lead, and was a key play in turning the momentum of a game that became a rout.
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals made a series of roster moves Tuesday that brought back a recently waived member of their secondary.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, who was waived Saturday, was re-signed to the Bengals' practice squad. When the defensive back was knocked off the 53-man roster over the weekend, fellow defensive back Tony Dye was promoted off the practice squad and took his place. Dye, making his first career NFL start Sunday, factored in the Bengals' 41-20 win over the Cleveland Browns when he scooped a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown.

Lewis-Harris, a Tennessee-Chattanooga product, is a first-year NFL player who spent the first two games of the season on the practice squad. He spent the next eight on the 53-man roster, playing in three games. He was credited with three special-teams tackles in those appearances.

Along with Lewis-Harris' addition, the Bengals restored fullback Chris Pressley and quarterback Zac Robinson to practice eligibility. Both were on the physically unable to perform list due to injuries that predated the start of training camp. They will remain on the PUP list, even though they can practice at any time in the next 21 days. During this three-week window, they are eligible to practice and can be activated at any time during it. If that period ends with no activation, they will remain on the PUP list, but not eligible for activation for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

Bengals make roster moves in secondary

November, 16, 2013
CINCINNATI -- The day before they could be playing without a veteran cornerback, the Cincinnati Bengals made a pair of roster moves in their secondary.

The Bengals on Saturday signed safety Tony Dye to the 53-man roster, activating him off their practice squad. The second-year player has been an off-and-on Bengal throughout his career, most recently signed to the practice squad Sept. 24 after being cut from the team at the end of the preseason three weeks earlier. The UCLA product signed as an undrafted free agent last year, but spent the entire 2012 season on the injured reserve due to a a preseason ankle injury.

Dye will be taking the roster spot occupied by cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, a first year defender from Tennessee-Chattanooga. Lewis-Harris was waived Saturday. He appeared in three games this season, registering three special teams tackles.

The roster moves come just before the Bengals' AFC North meeting against the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Veteran cornerback Chris Crocker (hamstring) currently is listed as Doubtful for the game.