Bengals claim KeiVarae Russell

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The Bengals claimed cornerback KeiVarae Russell Thursday, a day after the Chiefs made the rare and curious move of waiving a 2016 third-round pick.

The Bengals have been looking for cornerback depth and are without their first-round pick, William Jackson III, until at least November. The Bengals are pretty far down the waiver wire order, so it’s interesting to see that most of the league passed on taking Russell.

Russell played in all four preseason games but was inactive for last week’s game before being waived. The Bengals cut guard Trey Hopkins to make room on the roster for Russell and could bring Hopkins back to their practice squad.