Bengals make roster cuts, part with BenJarvus Green-Ellis

The Bengals today terminated the contract of HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, releasing him to free agency.

Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium.

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CINCINNATI -- The Bengals saw what they needed out of rookie running back Jeremy Hill Thursday night in their preseason finale against Indianapolis. On Friday they said good-bye to veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis's contract was terminated, one of four moves the Bengals made. They also waived second-year linebacker Brandon Joiner, first-year quarterback Tyler Wilson and rookie defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross. The Bengals have 18 more moves to make by 4 p.m. Saturday to get down to the 53-man regular season roster limit.

Nicknamed 'The Law Firm', Green-Ellis was a steady influence on the field and in the locker room for the Bengals.

"It's very difficult to release such a fine player and person as BenJarvus," said head coach Marvin Lewis in a statement released by the team. "He has been an exceptional player and teammate, as well as mentor to our younger players. He has also been a standout person in the community. We thank Bennie for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future."

Green-Ellis signed with the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 after playing four seasons with New England. He rushed for 1,850 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons with Cincinnati, including a career-high 1,094 yards in 2012. Last season he split time with Giovani Bernard, who is expected to be the No. 1 back this season.

Hill was drafted in the second round out of LSU this year out to ultimately replace Green-Ellis and be a complement to Bernard. Hill (6-1, 238) had 20 carries for 90 yards and caught six passes for 70 yards against the Colts Thursday as the Bengals wrapped up the preseason with a 35-7 win.