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Bengals sign Green-Ellis to replace Benson at running back, sources say

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2011 photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals, according to sources around pro football, have decided not to re-sign Cedric Benson, their #1 running back. He did not like his role in the team’s new West Coast offense under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden last season. The former Texas Longhorns’ running back led the Bengals in rushing four years in a row.

The 2011 AFC Wild-card team is in negotiations with former New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to replace Benson.

Sources also say the deal should be completed by Thursday when all of the final details are worked out, a three-year deal.

Green-Ellis spent four years with New England, rushing for 181 times for 667 yards in 2011 with 11 touchdowns.

In his career, since leaving the University of Mississippi Rebels in 2008, the undrafted 26-year-old, in his career has rushed for 2,042 yards, a 4.1 average with 27 touchdowns.

He’ll team with the other running backs on the team, Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman.

 

Info compiled from Radio talk shows & TV news

BENGALS NOTES: Lose at Indianapolis, 23-17

The Indianpolis Colts have been getting by all season using second and third string players.

On Sunday, with eight starters out of the lineup, the Cincinnati Bengals could not beat the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and lost 23-17. The Colts have won 17 of their last 18 games.

The Bengals have several chances to win the game, but committed five turnovers which halped the Colts move to 6-3 and leave them alone in first place in the AFC South Division.

Peyton Manning (file photo)

Manning did not have dominating stats, but just good enough to win, completing 20 of 36 passing for 185 yards and no touchdowns. That is the second game this season when be did not throw a touchdown.

The struggling Bengals, who don’t use trick plays enough, pulled one off on the Colts. On fourth-and-1-at their own 24-yard line, Cincinnati pulled punter Kevin Huber off the field and allowed running back Brian Leonard to run for 42 yards for the first down.

GAME NOTES

* Placekicker Mike Nugent season has come to an end after suffering a right knee injury on an onside kick in Sunday’s game. He was 15 of 19 on field gaols this season.

* The Bengals offensive line did a good job against the Colts pass rushing tandem of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. They only allowed three sacks the whole game.

* Bengals rookie Carlos Dunlap picked up his first NFL sack, in the fourth quarter dropping Peyton Manning for a 4-yard loss.

compiled from staff, NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news