Bengals pilfer Nico Johnson from Chiefs’ practice squad

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The Bengals worked out a trio of linebackers this week.  Instead of signing Moise Fokou, Erin Henderson, or Austin Spitler, the Bengals opted to lift a linebacker from another team.  Sort of.

The Bengals have announced that linebacker Nico Johnson has been signed from the Kansas City practice squad.

A fourth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2013, Johnson appeared in seven games as a rookie, with one start.  But he didn’t make the 53-man roster in 2014, and after passing through waivers Johnson signed with the Chiefs’ practice squad.

Practice-squad players are essentially free agents; they can join any team’s active roster, at any time.  Johnson has now joined the active roster of the Bengals, who expect to be without veteran Rey Maualuga for a while, due to a hamstring injury he suffered against the Panthers.