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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.