Harris played in four games last season, logging six tackles … Began 2009 on Bengals offseason roster, after playing 14 games for Cincinnati in ’08 … Rejoined Bengals in October, after stints with St. Louis and Detroit … Entered NFL in 2006 as fourth-round draft choice of Pittsburgh, and played in two games for Cleveland in ’06 after signing from Steelers practice squad.
2009 RECAP: Became an unsigned exclusive rights player for Cincinnati when contract expired after ’08 season, and re-signed with Bengals on March 2 … Traded to St. Louis on May 7 (Bengals acquiring RB Brian Leonard) … Traded by St. Louis to Detroit on July 22 … Was with Lions in preseason, and was inactive for Detroit in regular-season opener … Waived by Detroit on Sept. 16 … Re-signed with Bengals on Oct. 20 … Waived Nov. 17, but re-signed by Cincinnati on Nov. 24 … Played for Bengals in Games 7, 12-13 and 16 … Inactive for Games 8-9, 11 and 14-15 … Also inactive for Wild Card playoff … Had a season-high five tackles 1-3-10 at N.Y. Jets.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008 - Opened training camp with New Orleans ... Played in all four Saints preseason games, ranking second on team in tackles (17) ... Acquired by Bengals on waivers on Aug. 31 ... Played for Cincinnati in Games 1-6, 8, and 10-16, logging 22 tackles and three QB hurries ... Game-day inactive for Games 7 and 9 ... Made first NFL start Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets, subbing at RDT for injured John Thornton, and had two tackles ... Logged three tackles Sept. 21 at N.Y. Giants ... Had four tackles, plus a QB hurry, Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland ... On Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, recorded a personal season-high five tackles, while also tying for team lead in QB hurries (two) ... Two tackles Dec. 28 vs. Kansas City.
2007 - Spent preseason with Cleveland, and waived on Aug. 27 ... Signed Sept. 27 to Buffalo practice squad ... Signed to New Orleans 53-player roster Dec. 18 ... Inactive for Saints for Games 15-16.
2006 - Drafted by Pittsburgh in fourth round (133rd overall) ... Waived by Steelers on Sept. 2, and signed Sept. 4 to Steelers practice squad ... Signed to Cleveland’s 53-player roster Dec. 12 ... Made NFL debut in Game 15, Dec. 24 vs. Tampa Bay, and also played Dec. 31 at Houston ... No regular season statistics.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Miami (Fla.), from 2002-05, logging 48 games with 34 starts ... Logged 11 career sacks from his DT spot ... Earned second-team All-America honors from Associated Press as a senior, while also serving as one of four team captains.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Newark, Del. … Attended Newark High School, where he earned state Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, as well as gaining All-America honors from Football News and SuperPrep … Brother, Kwame, has played in NFL for San Francisco and Oakland … First name is pronounced “OR-ee-un.”
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