Bengals links: Thomas Howard returning?

Here are some headlines from the Cincinnati Bengals beat:

  • The Bengals are bringing in linebacker Thomas Howard this week to check on the ACL he tore a year ago, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. Howard was the Bengals' leading tackler in 2011 and plays the same outside linebacker spot as Emmanuel Lamur, who went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. "If they think Howard can help, they won't do anything until next week." Hobson wrote.

  • Quarterback Greg McElroy, who was cut by the Jets, is going to sign with the Bengals' practice squad, the NFL Network reports. Josh Johnson is currently the backup to Andy Dalton.

  • Some expected the Bengals to sign defensive end Dontay Moch to the practice squad. Moch led the team with three sacks in the preseason, but he has been a disappointment as a former third-round pick. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy wrote: "Originally drafted as a linebacker, Moch was moved to the defensive line but was caught up in a numbers game. One might also wonder where Moch is a better fit – as a defensive end in a 4-3 alignment or as an outside linebacker in a 3-4."