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Bengals waive Christo Bilukidi and sign Onterio McCalebb

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Perhaps, Bilukidi will either be signed back to the 53-man roster next week, or one of the other lineman will be waived from the practice squad to make room for him.

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Just ahead of the Bengals' matchup with the Ravens, the team has made a late roster move that's a bit surprising. Cincinnati has waived defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi and signed cornerback Onterio McCalebb from the practice squad.

McCalebb, a former Auburn Tigers star, finished his four-year college career with 2,586 yards rushing, 24 rushing touchdowns and a 6.4 yard/rush average. McCalebb added 63 receptions for 620 yards and three touchdowns, while returning 53 kickoffs with a 25.7 yard average, including an 83-yard touchdown and 100-yard score.

When the NFL draft came and went in 2013, he found himself as an undrafted free agent who the Cincinnati Bengals signed. He's since been converted from running back to cornerback. This is another sign that Darqueze Dennard won't suit up Sunday, as he deals with a hip injury.

Bilukidi, born in a Southern African country called Angola, is a former sixth-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2012 NFL draft having played in 18 games (no starts) and generating 13 tackles and one quarterback sack.

The former Georgia State defensive tackle was a two-year starter after being transferred to Eastern Arizona Junior College. He recorded 10 career quarterback sacks in college, setting a program record and 16 tackles for loss. During his rookie season with the Raiders, he played 243 defensive snaps with 12 tackles and one pass broken up.

He made the initial 53-man roster by beating out former second-round draft pick Devon Still, who now sits on the practice squad, along with defensive lineman David King and Sam Montgomery. It's hard to see Bilukidi being put on there to give Cincinnati four defensive lineman there.

Perhaps, Bilukidi will either be signed back to the 53-man roster next week, or one of the other lineman will be waived from the practice squad to make room for him.