Bengals guard Bobbie Williams has been added to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Thursday.
Williams was suspended for the first four games of the 2011 season, which Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported was for testing positive for a banned diuretic.
Prior to the suspension, Williams had started 68 consecutive games for the Bengals, who signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. Williams entered the league with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Arkansas.
Williams’ suspension cost him $611,765 in base salary, but Reedy reports the veteran used the time to reduce his weight to 329 pounds. Williams has been listed at 345 pounds during his career.
Guard Otis Hudson, a 2010 fifth-round pick, has been placed on waivers to add Williams to the roster. Hudson spent all of 2010 on the Bengals’ practice squad and did not dress for any of the Bengals games this season. If he clears waivers, the Bengals will likely look to bring him back to the practice squad.