Bengals vs. Dolphins: Linebacker Michael Boley not expected to play

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Michael Boley has been dealing with a hamstring.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Michael Boley replaced Rey Maualuga in the second half against the New York Jets, generating five tackles. As Maualuga was dealing with an MCL sprain that could keep him out for weeks, Boley figured as the eventual replacement this week against the Miami Dolphins.

Not quite.

Boley sat out of practice this week with a hamstring while being listed on the team's final practice report as questionable. There's always a chance for someone to play after being listed as questionable without having practiced that week, but it doesn't appear likely.

According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, Boley isn't expected to play Thursday against the Dolphins, most certainly giving Vincent/Vinnie/Vinny Rey his second career start.

Rey, a former 2010 college free agent, has played every game since 2011 as a special teams contributor. In 2013, Rey has accumulated 44 defensive snaps; mostly all during goalline situations.

Included Boley, the Bengals have five players listed as questionable, including defensive end Wallace Gilberry, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Defensive tackle Devon Still and Maualuga have already been declared out while safety Taylor Mays and Leon Hall were placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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