Second-year player Tony Dye will have a chance to play in his first NFL game Sunday after the Bengals signed the safety off of the practice squad on Saturday. A hamstring injury that has kept Chris Crocker out of practice this week necessitated the secondary switch-up.
The Bengals (6-4) host Cleveland (4-5) at 1 p.m. in a battle of the AFC North's top two teams.
The Bengals waived cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris to make room for Dye. Dye spent all of last season on injured reserve. He played in all four preseason games for the Bengals and had been on the practice squad since Sept. 24. If he is on the active game-day roster, his role is most likely to be on special teams.
Crocker was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. For the second straight year the Bengals signed Crocker after the season began, this time prior to their Week 4 match-up at Cleveland when both safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Leon Hall were hurt. Crocker has played a lot as the nickel back since Hall was lost for the season to a torn Achilles tendon on Oct. 20 at Detroit.
Without Crocker in the lineup, the Bengals are expected to use either Dre Kirkpatrick or Brandon Ghee as the extra cover defenders against the Browns.