Suspension over, Bengals' Evans practices

CINCINNATI -- With his eight-game suspension now over, Cincinnati Bengals reserve defensive end DeQuin Evans returned to the team Monday, added as a practice squad exemption.

Since the Bengals are playing at Miami on Thursday, the one-week exemption expires Friday. They have until then in order to move him to the 53-man roster.

Evans was suspended without pay on Aug. 30 for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. It was the second time he had to be disciplined by the league. In 2011, he served a four-game suspension while on the Bengals' practice squad. Before the suspension was implemented, he had four tackles in preseason games.

An undrafted player out of Kentucky, Evans has spent the past three seasons in Cincinnati.

When Evans walked back into the locker room Monday afternoon, he greeted several of his teammates, including receiver A.J. Green and running back Chris Pressley, with handshakes and hugs.

He participated in Monday's walkthrough.