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Hunting for backs?

Posted: 9:20 p.m.

Could the Bengals be in the market for a running back?

They are down to one healthy one after DeDe Dorsey left the game at halftime Sunday with a hamstring injury and Kenny Watson's hamstring injury put him on the inactive list.

Yes, Shaun Alexander is still out there and, no, agent Jim Steiner hadn't heard from the Bengals as of Sunday night.

When the Bengals' lone healthy back, Chris Perry, fumbled early in the fourth quarter at his own 24 Sunday, it allowed Cleveland to put the game away on Browns running back Jamal Lewis' one-yard touchdown run with 11:06 left for a 17-6 lead.

It also marked Perry's fourth fumble in four games, a problem that hasn't surfaced in Marvin Lewis' six seasons. In 2003 and 2004, a stretch covering 612 touches, Rudi Johnson fumbled four times. While setting a franchise-record 1,458 yards on 337 carries in 2005 and catching 23 balls, he fumbled once.

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