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Bengals sign Khairi Fortt to practice squad

CINCINNATI -- Two days after waiving him, the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday re-signed linebacker Khairi Fortt to their practice squad.

He takes the place of offensive lineman Jeff Baca, who had joined the team last week as an extra practice-squad body on the offensive line. Although Baca wasn't going to make the 53-man roster anytime soon, he was brought on as insurance at the interior line positions. His release seems to be one more sign that right offensive guard Kevin Zeitler will be ready to go Sunday when the Bengals travel to Indianapolis.

Zeitler has been out of the rotation since suffering a Week 2 calf injury, but he practiced once last week and was part of Wednesday's workout. He practiced fully, another sign he's over the calf injury and should return this weekend.

Fortt came to the Bengals last Tuesday after being acquired on waivers from New Orleans. He was inactive last week against Carolina but was brought on for the Bengals to address depth issues at linebacker and on special teams with reserve Sean Porter lost for the year with an ACL injury.

Fortt didn't last long on the active roster, though. He was removed Tuesday when the Bengals made a series of roster moves to address depth at receiver and linebacker. Rey Maualuga and Emmanuel Lamur are expected to miss the Colts game after getting injured in the fourth quarter Sunday. To help account for their losses, the Bengals signed inside linebacker Nico Johnson off Kansas City's practice squad Wednesday. Johnson battled weight issues with the Chiefs and was trying to drop pounds just before the Bengals acquired him.

It's doubtful he has much of an impact this weekend, but Johnson could give the team some much-needed linebacker depth depending upon how much time the injured players miss. The rookie Fortt could, as well, in the event the Bengals need to reach into their practice squad for relief later in the year.