CINCINNATI (AP) -Running back DeDe Dorsey signed a two-year contract Tuesday with the Cincinnati Bengals, who aren't sure whether Rudi Johnson will be available for their game against New England because of a hamstring injury.
Dorsey entered the Indianapolis Colts' training camp as Joseph Addai's backup, but was released in the final roster cut. He's been recovering from a case of turf toe on his right foot suffered in the final preseason game.
Cincinnati opened a roster spot by waiving rookie running back Clifton Dawson, who was claimed off waivers from the Colts on Sept. 2. Dawson played on special teams the last two games.
The Bengals (1-2) had problems running the ball during a 24-21 loss in Seattle on Sunday. They averaged only 2.8 yards per carry, and Johnson was limited to 9 yards on 17 attempts before leaving with a strained hamstring.
Coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that he didn't know whether Johnson will be available Monday night against New England (3-0). Reserve Kenny Watson carried nine times for 60 yards after Johnson left the game in Seattle.
Dorsey could fit into the system quickly. The Bengals signed him as an undrafted free agent from Lindenwood in 2006, and he averaged 7.5 yards per carry in the preseason before he was waived and signed with the Colts.
``I think a refresher course will be a lot easier than coming into a place where you don't know (the offense) at all,'' Dorsey said.
Last season, he played on the Colts' special teams in 13 regular-season games and four playoff games, including their Super Bowl victory over the Bears. Dorsey said he hurt the big toe on his right foot in the final preseason game in Cincinnati, and it bothered him until last week.
When he was released by the Colts, the Bengals told him they were interested.
``I got a phone call: 'As soon as you're ready, come work out with us,''' Dorsey said. ``I came as soon as I could.''
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