The Bengals on Thursday acquired running back Walter Mendenhall on waivers from the Buffalo Bills.
Mendenhall is a first-year player in 2010. He originally signed as a college free agent with Philadelphia last year. He was waived by the Eagles in June, then signed by Indianapolis in August. He played in three preseason games with the Colts (recording two carries for 21 yards) before being waived on final cuts. He was not with an NFL team during the 2009 regular season. Buffalo signed him to their offseason roster on April 7.
Mendenhall rushed for 796 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Illinois State. He is the older brother of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.