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Bengals Bring Back Ratliff

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Today the Bengals replaced DT Pat Sims on the 53-man roster with DB and former draft pick Keiwan Ratliff.

Sims broke his arm in last night’s loss to the Jets and is out for the remainder of the season.

Ratliff, one of two Bengal second-round picks  in 2004, returns to the team after stints with Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.  He was released by the Steelers on November 24th.

While generally considered to be a disappointment during his original stint in Cincinnati, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that Ratliff can play safety, and provide depth after injuries to Chris Crocker and Tom Nelson have left the secondary depleted.

He had 9 tackles in eight games in a reserve role for the Steelers, but had a solid year with the Colts in 2008 in which he recorded 37 tackles, 5 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Editor’s note:  Does this mean that Chris Crocker is still too banged up to play, or possibly that they realize Nelson isn’t ready?  I was hoping they’d use the roster spot for something to help the putrid offense, like a WR (Marvin Harrison, anyone?) Oh well…

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