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Bengals’ OT Smith sidelined; Browns sign 2, waive 2

Published 3:55am Thursday, July 25, 2013

CINCINNATI (AP) — Right tackle Andre Smith will be sidelined because of an injured calf when the Cincinnati Bengals open training camp Thursday.

The Bengals put Smith and seven other players on temporary injury lists the day before they opened camp. Smith missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and a mandatory minicamp because of personal issues.

The eight can join practices as soon as they’re cleared.

Limited at the outset are receiver Tyrone Goard (finger), fullback Chris Pressley (knee), quarterback Zac Robinson (elbow), halfback Bernard Scott (knee), receiver Brandon Tate (hamstring), halfback Cedric Peerman (ankle), tight end Bryce Davis (illness) and Smith.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, limited by a knee injury for most of last season, was cleared to practice. Cincinnati holds its first practice of training camp on Thursday afternoon.

Browns sign 2 free agents, waive 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent fullback Brock Bolen and Justin Cole one day before opening training camp.

The team also waived offensive lineman Dominic Alford and wide receiver Kennan Davis.

The 6-foot, 212-pound Bolen has played in 20 NFL games, all with Jacksonville. He spent all of last season injured reserve. Bolen has rushed for 14 yards, gained 21 on three receptions and recorded 16 tackles on special teams. He signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Cole spent two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, appearing in 20 games. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He spent five weeks on the Chiefs’ practice squad as a rookie. He has two career tackles on defense and seven on special teams.

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