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Cincinnati Bengals Stay Busy, Add Running Back Brian Leonard

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 09:  Running back Brian Leonard #23 of the St. Louis Rams looks for room to run against the Tennessee Titans during a pre-season game at LP Field on August 9, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Oliver VanDervoortCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

One day after adding a major piece to their defensive backfield, Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis weren't ready to stand pat.

On Thursday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals completed a trade with the St. Louis Rams that saw the Bengals improve their depth in the offensive backfield.

Former Rutgers standout Brian Leonard was shipped to the Bengals in exchange for defensive tackle Orien Harris.

Leonard was drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Rams and rushed for 300 yards and caught 30 passes as a backup in his rookie season.  Leonard saw action in just two games last year before landing on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Leonard was a key contributor in Rutgers' recent climb to respectability as a college football program, rushing for 2,485 yards and 27 touchdowns, while catching 169 passes out of the backfield, for 1,574 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Leonard routinely caught more than 50 passes a season for the Scarlet Knights.

Orien Harris was acquired last August off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints and played almost exclusively on special teams for the Bengals

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