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Bengals lose Chris Lewis-Harris to suspension to start 2014 NFL season

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Lewis-Harris (5-10, 180; Tennessee-Chattanooga) is a second-year NFL player.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a nice battle at the end of their cornerback depth chart that just got a little thinner. Victor Hampton, RJ Stanford, Chris Lewis-Harris and Lavelle Westbrooks are battling for a potential 6th and 7th CB spot on the final 53-man roster, but one of them can be factored out of the equation for now.

The Bengals just announced that Lewis-Harris has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season. He can still practice with the team and play in all four preseason games, but will be barred from all team-related activities once the regular season opens.

Lewis-Harris (5-10, 180; Tennessee-Chattanooga) is a second-year NFL player. He was previously on the roster for Games 4-10 this season, seeing action in three contests and logging three special teams tackles. He was later waived, but was signed back onto the roster for Game 14 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was on the practice squad for Games 1-2 and 12-13 last year. This will likely ensure he's kept on the roster through the first two games, but won't count against the 53-man roster and will not be paid.

In college, Lewis-Harris played four seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga (2008-11) while notching 183 tackles, five interceptions, 23 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries at cornerback.