After the Cincinnati Bengals promoted Brandon Ghee to the active roster in the wake of Leon Hall's season-ending injury and after they placed DeQuin Evans on the Practice Squad Injured List, there were two open spots on the team's practice squad. On Tuesday they filled one of those spots with former Raiders and Jaguars cornerback Walter McFadden.
On Wednesday, CJ's Josh Kirkendall wrote that the team was holding tryouts for players including cornerback John Bowie, defensive tackle Lamar Divens and linebacker Brandon Williams. Later on Wednesday, it was announced that the team decided to fill the last practice squad position with former University of Cincinnati Bearcat cornerback Bowie.
Bowie, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. He played in two games with the Raiders in '07, was placed on Injured Reserve in '08 and played in three games in '09 before suffering an injury and being released. He played with the Cleveland Browns during the 2010 preseason but didn't make the team and has been out of the NFL since. He was signed by the Hartford Colonials, a UFL team, for the 2010 season.
Unless the Bengals decide to change their practice squad roster or promote another player to the active roster, the practice squad is set with eight players. Bowie and McFadden will hopefully challenge both A.J. Green, Jerome Simpson and the other active wide receivers in practice so they play better on Sundays.