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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