Bengals Trim Roster to 53

The following is a breakdown of the transactions the Bengals made Sunday as their roster heading into next weekend's regular season opener at Baltimore continues to find its final makeup.

The Bengals made the following roster moves Sunday:


G Frank Davis (6-3, 325) on waivers from Detroit; Davis is a third-year NFL player. He played in 11 games with three starts in 2006, after making the Lions roster as a college free agent. He was on the Reserve/Injured list last season, due to a knee injury suffered in preseason, but he came back this year to play in all four Lions preseason games, with two starts at LG.

DT Orien Harris (6-3, 300) on waivers from New Orleans; Harris played in all four Saints preseason games and led the team with 20 tackles, including a sack. He has two prior seasons in the NFL, but does not yet have an accrued year toward free agency, and is classified a first-year player. He entered the NFL in 2006 as a fourth-round draft choice of Pittsburgh and played in two games for Cleveland after being signed off the Steelers practice squad. Last season, he was on Buffalo's practice squad before being signed to the Saints roster, where he was inactive for two games.


DT Michael Myers's contract, releasing him to free agency. Myers played 15 games for the Bengals last season after signing as an unrestricted free agent from Denver, and he played in all four Bengals 2008 preseason games.

Placed on Injured Reserve

C Dan Santucci; This ends Santucci's playing eligibility for 2008. Santucci has been out with a high ankle sprain suffered in the Aug. 11 preseason opener at Green Bay.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: The Bengals today signed five players to the team's practice squad. The signees, who all were with the Bengals during preseason, are:

LB Dan Howell, rookie from Washington

HB James Johnson, rookie from Kansas State

G Nate Livings, first-year player from Louisiana State

WR Maurice Purify, rookie from Nebraska

WR Mario Urrutia, rookie from Louisville

NOTE:The Bengals now have six players on the practice squad, also including Carl-Johan Bjork of Sweden, a designated International Practice Squad player. The Bengals are permitted to have as many as nine players on the practice squad, including Bjork, during the 2008 season.

These transactions followed the moves the team made on Saturday to initially reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit. Here's a rundown of those moves:

Terminated the contracts of five veterans not subject to waivers, releasing them to free agency:

OT Willie Anderson

HB Rudi Johnson

TE Nate Lawrie

LB Jim Maxwell

CB Deltha O'Neal

Waived three third-year players:

LB Ahmad Brooks of Virginia

DE Antwon Burton of Temple

S John Busing of Miami (Ohio)

Waived two second-year players:

DE Eric Henderson of Georgia Tech

QB Jeff Rowe of Nevada

Waived two first-year players:

G Nate Livings of Louisiana State

OT Dane Uperesa of Hawaii

Waived eight rookies:

G James Blair of Western Michigan

DE Angelo Craig of Cincinnati

LB Anthony Hoke of Cincinnati

LB Dan Howell of Washington

HB James Johnson of Kansas State

WR Clyde Logan of Idaho State

WR Maurice Purify of Nebraska

WR Mario Urrutia of Louisville

*(Craig and Urrutia were seventh-round Bengals choices in the 2008 draft, and the other six waived rookies entered the NFL this year as college free agents.)

Placed one player on the Reserve/Injured list:

Rookie TE Matt Sherry of Villanova (shoulder)

Moved to the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list.

WR Chris Henry of West Virginia (It had previously been announced that Henry would be suspended for the first four regular season games, for violation of NFL policies.)

PRACTICE SQUAD NOTE: Twelve of the 15 players waived today are eligible, if they clear waivers tomorrow, to be signed to an NFL practice squad. The three not eligible for practice squad status are Ahmad Brooks, John Busing and Jeff Rowe. The Bengals plan to announce tomorrow a practice squad of up to eight players, plus International Practice Squad player Carl-Johan Bjork (LB).

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