Bengals sign RB Benson

The Bengals signed free agent RB Cedric Benson and placed RB DeDe Dorsey on the reserve/injured list, the team announced Tuesday.

Dorsey, a third-year player from Lindenwood College, played in this season’s first four games but suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against Cleveland.

Benson (5-11, 220; Texas) is a fourth-year NFL player. He was Chicago’s first-round selection in the 2005 draft (fourth overall) after a Texas career that included 5,540 rushing yards and the third-most touchdowns (64) in NCAA history.

Benson played in 35 games with 12 starts for the Bears from 2005-07, rushing for 1593 yards on 420 carries (3.8) with 10 TDs. He also had 26 receptions for 180 yards. He had an additional 104 rushing yards with a TD and 24 receiving yards in the 2006 postseason, as Chicago advanced to Super Bowl XLI against Indianapolis.

Last season, though missing five games with an injury, he posted career highs for rushing yards (674), receptions (17) and receiving yards (123). He started games No.1 through 11, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Nov. 25 vs. Denver and was placed Nov. 27 on Chicago’s reserve/injured list.

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