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Cedric Benson (AP/Carlos Osorio)
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Posted Sep 30, 2008

Cedric Benson has a new home after signing with the Bengals. It's a move that gives the former Chicago Bear the chance of a fresh start and bolsters a Bengals offensive backfield that was quickly depleted by injuries in the last week.

The Bengals have signed former Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson to take the place of injured DeDe Dorsey. Dorsey was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday with a hamstring injury suffered in last Sunday’s 20-12 loss against Cleveland.

Terms of the contract were not released.

Benson, who the Bears made the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 draft, never fulfilled his promise in Chicago after a college career at Texas that included 5,540 yards and 64 rushing touchdowns. Benson played in 35 games for Chicago, with 12 starts. He rushed for 1,593 yards on 420 carries (3.8-yard average) and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 180 yards in his time with the Bears.

Benson started the first 11 games for Chicago last season but suffered an ankle injury that ended his season. He rushed for 674 yards for the Bears last season.

The Bears released Benson during this past offseason following a pair of arrests in Texas on alcohol-related charges. Both charges have since been dropped.

Chris Perry remains the starter for the Bengals but besides the injury to Dorsey, the Bengals are also likely to be without the services of Kenny Watson. Watson missed the Cleveland game with a hamstring injury and his status for this week’s game at Dallas is unknown.

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