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Green-Ellis one of four cuts made by Bengals

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was cut by the Bengals on Friday.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was cut by the Bengals on Friday.
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The Cincinnati Bengals trimmed their roster Friday from 75 to 71 after Thursday's preseason finale and among the cuts was running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis was joined by third string quarterback Tyler Wilson, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross, and linebacker Brandon Joiner. Green-Ellis was a 1,000 rusher in his first season with the Bengals, but a pass happy offensive and the development of rookie Giovani Bernard cut into his carries as he finished with 756 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He became expendable when the Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill in the second round out of LSU. Hill, much like "the Law Firm," is a power back that compliments the athleticism of Bernard.

Wilson had his chance to shine in the second half of the Bengals preseason matchup with the Colts, but it was unlikely no matter how well he played that he was going to surpass Jason Campbell for the number two spot. Ross was a relatively unpolished lineman that came to the Bengals as a space taker at a robust 365 lbs. Joiner originally signed with the Bengals in 2012 after playing at Arkansas State, but was sentenced to three years in prison for a crime committed while playing at Texas A&M in 2007.

Cincinnati will now have to until 4:00 P.M. on Saturday to cut its roster down from 71 to the league mandated 53-man roster.