Roster moves

Posted: 3:50 p.m.

The Bengals on Tuesday made the following roster moves:

Signed cornerback Geoffrey Pope to the roster from the Bengals practice squad. Pope is a first-year NFL player. He spent most of last season on the N.Y. Giants practice squad, and played in two postseason games for New York after being signed to the roster following the conclusion of the regular season. He was waived by the Giants in '08 final roster cuts and was signed to the Bengals practice squad on Sept. 3.

The elevation of Pope to the active roster would seem to indicate that starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph may not be ready for Sunday's game in New York after suffering an ankle injury in last Sunday's 24-7 loss to Tennessee.

Waived guard Frank Davis, a third-year player from South Florida. Davis joined the Bengals on Aug. 31 as a waiver acquisition from Detroit. He was a game day inactive for the first two games.

Signed linebacker Abdul Hodge, a third-year player from Iowa, to the practice squad. Hodge entered the NFL in 2006 as a third-round draft choice of Green Bay. He played in eight Packers games in '06 and was on Green Bay's Reserve/Injured list (knee) last season. He played in all four Packers 2008 preseason games (20 tackles) and was waived by Green Bay on Sept. 1.

Signed tackle Dennis Roland, a first-year player from Georgia, to the practice squad. Roland was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3, but had been released on Sept. 11. Roland entered the NFL in 2006 as a college free agent signee with Dallas. He spent most of 2006 and 2007 on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He was on Tampa Bay's 53-player roster for two games in 2007 (gameday inactive). He was waived by Tampa Bay during 2008 final roster cuts.

Released linebacker Dan Howell, a rookie from Washington. Howell was with the Bengals in preseason, was waived on Aug. 30, and was signed to the practice squad on Aug. 31.

The Bengals had two practice squad spots open, because in addition to the waiving of Howell, a spot was opened when Pope was signed from the practice squad to the roster.

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