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Bengals ink OL Pollak, cut Allen

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have signed offensive guard Mike Pollak, who was an unrestricted free agent.

Pollak is a sixth-year veteran out of Arizona State, and has played in 59 NFL games, with 41 starts. Pollak entered the NFL in 2008 as a second-round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Carolina Panthers last season.

Pollak played for the Panthers in Week 1 last year, but suffered a shoulder injury during practice the following week. He was inactive for the next three games before being placed on the reserve-injured list.

In 2011, he played in 15 games for Indianapolis, with eight starts. In 2010, he played in every game and started 13 for the Colts, who won the AFC South that season.

The Bengals have released cornerback Jason Allen, who was injured and played in only four games during his one season with Cincinnati.

Allen signed with the Bengals as a free agent after playing six years with Miami and Houston. He missed the preseason and the first two games of the season because of an injured thigh. He played in a 38-31 win over Washington, getting a pair of tackles, then was inactive for the next nine games due in part to the thigh injury.

He also missed the final game of the regular season and a first-round playoff loss to Houston.