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Ex-Buc Bryant cut by Bengals

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:12 PM
CINCINNATI -

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant was released Sunday by the Cincinnati Bengals, who signed the former Buc to a four-year, $28 million deal last March thinking he would be their long-term complement to Chad Ochocinco.

It's the second time in two years the Bengals went after a high-profile free agent receiver, then changed their minds soon after signing him. They got Laveranues Coles to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh last year, then released him after only one season.

Bryant and Terrell Owens worked out for the Bengals in March. Cincinnati chose Bryant, who was coming off an injury-marred season. He had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee last year, and caught only 39 passes for Tampa Bay.

The Bengals gave him the big contract, including roughly $7 million in first-year bonuses, convinced that the knee was fine. It began bothering him during the summer, and he wasn't able to practice with the team during training camp.

JETS: Laveranues Coles was released a month after the team brought him back to add depth at the wide receiver spot.

REDSKINS: Coach Mike Shanahan said he's not certain that Donovan McNabb will be available for Washington's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the team's final preseason game to see if his suspension will be reduced from six games to four.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed a report by Fox Sports on Sunday night that the two will meet soon but he declined to say when.

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