Riall Johnson re-signs

10-30-01, 11:50 a.m.

BY GEOFF HOBSON

With cornerbacks Robert Bean (hamstring) and Tom Carter (knee) probable for the Nov. 11 game in Jacksonville, the Bengals waived rookie corner Kevin Kaesviharn Tuesday in order to re-sign rookie linebacker Riall Johnson back to the active 53-man roster.

Bean and Carter couldn't play in Sunday's 31-27 victory in Detroit, leaving the Bengals with only three healthy cornerbacks in starters Artrell

Hawkins and Mark Roman and a rookie nickel back playing in his second NFL game in Bo Jennings. After signing Kaesviharn to the practice squad only last Tuesday, the Bengals activated the veteran of Arena ball and the XFL Saturday as the fourth corner. Although he didn't take a snap at scrimmage, he made one special teams tackle.

The Bengals would no doubt like to re-sign the 6-1, 185-pound Kaesviharn to the practice squad, but have to wait until Wednesday to see if he cleared waivers.

Johnson, the club's sixth-round pick from Stanford, cleared waivers Monday and returns to special teams duty. The Bengals could gamble releasing a linebacker in favor of a corner because they have another rookie backer, Chris Edmonds, on the practice squad. With the Redskins taking tackle Alex Sulfsted and defensive tackle Jeff Boyle gone with season-ending knee surgery, the Bengals have two slots open on the practice squad to go with Edmonds, wide receiver Malcolm Johnson, and tight end Kirk McMullen.

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