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Bengals bring in Winston, try to fix right tackle problem heading into decisive stretch

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, shakes hands with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith after the Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 14-13 during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, shakes hands with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith after the Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 14-13 during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)  (The Associated Press)

The Bengals have acquired a familiar player to help them fix one of their biggest trouble spots heading toward the postseason.

Veteran right tackle Eric Winston practiced on Wednesday a few hours after signing a contract. Coach Marvin Lewis has known Winston for years through his work with the NFL's Competition Committee.

The Bengals (8-3-1) lead the AFC North by a game and a half heading into a stretch of three division games in the final four. They lost right tackle Andre Smith to a torn left triceps. Marshall Newhouse and Clint Boling alternated at the position during a 14-13 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Winston will take some time to get acquainted with the Bengals' offense.

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