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Crocker returns to Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals brought back a familiar face and said goodbye for now to a veteran on Wednesday, signing free-agent safety Chris Crocker to a contract and releasing offensive tackle Dennis Roland.

The 33-year-old Crocker wasn't re-signed after his contract expired last season and was out of football until the Bengals placed a call for help because of injury concerns in the secondary. The Bengals also signed Crocker at the same point in the season a year ago.

The 12-year veteran played in 59 games and started 53 for the Bengals from 2008 to 2012. Last season, he started nine of the 13 games he played in and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.

Roland's contract was terminated by the Bengals. The sixth-year veteran played on special teams in the first three games of the season. Since the end of the 2008 season, Roland has the team's longest consecutive games played streak at 71.

The Bengals travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Sunday.

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