Bengals' receiving corps gets needed boost with Henry's return

CINCINNATI -- Receiver Chris Henry was activated by the
Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, having completed his eight-game
suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.

The Bengals waived receiver Skyler Green, a second-year player
from Louisiana State, to open a roster spot for Henry. Green played
in the first seven games and had four catches for 40 yards. He also
returned nine punts for a 4.2-yard average.

Henry was in the locker room Monday, but declined comment
because the Bengals hadn't yet added him to the active roster. The
move was made later in the day.

The Bengals were looking forward to getting back Henry, hoping
he could take some pressure off receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh and help the offense get rolling. Instead, his
return comes too late.

The Bengals fell to 2-6 on Sunday with a 33-21 loss in Buffalo.
Henry's suspension played a role in the team's downfall, depriving
the Bengals of one of their best threats near the goal line. Henry
had nine touchdown catches in only 13 games last season, tying
Houshmandzadeh for most by a Bengals receiver.

Last season, Henry was suspended by the league for two games and
benched for another by coach Marvin Lewis because of his
misconduct. Henry was charged in four separate cases during his
first two seasons with the Bengals.

Lewis also declined to talk about Henry on Monday because he
hadn't been reinstated at the time of the coach's news conference.

Henry is one of 10 Bengals who faced criminal charges in a
14-month span. The misconduct was a factor in commissioner Roger
Goodall strengthening the league's conduct policy this year.