Cut to make room for Johnson on the roster was DT Orien Harris. Harris, signed a few weeks back off the street to take some pressure off then-injured starters Domata Peko and Tank Johnson, was with the Bengals earlier in the year, traded to St. Louis for FB Brian Leonard, cut by the Rams, spent training camp with the Lions, didn’t make that squad, and has now been and gone with the Bengals again. At the very least, he should have racked up enough frequent flyer miles for a nice vacation in the islands by now.
Cincinnati also lopped two off the injured reserve list, releasing TE Ben Utecht and WR Antonio Chatman. Both were mid-tier free agent signings that never worked out due to injury. Both have seen rookies usurp their futures in Cincinnati, Utecht by Crash Dummy and Chatman by Quan Cosby.
After bringing WR Maurice Purify up from the practice squad to fill the spot of injured wideout Chris Henry, the Bengals inked S Brannon Condren, a former fourth-round selection by Indianapolis, to the squad.
Finally, the Bengals worked out more unemployed NFL players today, the most prominent of which was ex-Patriot WR Joey Galloway. No deal appears to be in the works, however, and the Bengals are likely just keeping up with potential emergency injury replacements.