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Fan Poll: Should Bengals Reduce Vincent Rey's Defensive Role Going Forward?

As a fill-in for the injured Rey Maualuga, linebacker Vincent Rey has played well for the unit. With Maualuga's return, Rey will likely be forced into a smaller role on defense. Should that be the case, though?

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Sometimes having to ask yourself who a better option is at a certain position in the NFL is a good problem to have. It means that you've done your job scouting quality talent, have build a solid roster and options should something bad happen. Such is the case this season with the middle linebacker spot and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rey Maualuga re-signed with the club this offseason and was playing his best football as a pro this year. He suffered an unfortunate knee ligament sprain during the team's 40-point blowout win over the Jets and was one name of many on the Bengals' injury list. Maualuga missed the next month on the schedule, including the team's bye, and is poised to make his return to the lineup this week.

In his stead, backup Vincent Rey has played some great football. In the last three games playing in relief of Maualuga, Rey has racked up 32 tackles (22 solo), three sacks and an interception. He and Vontaze Burfict have done a great job of getting the unit to play well in the wake of so many important injuries on that side of the ball.Even though he had two games with more total tackles than Maualuga has had in a game all season, Rey is looking to be relegated to backup and special teams duties.

Should that be the case? Do you think that Mike Zimmer is doing a disservice to this defense by putting Rey on the bench? Should the two linebackers rotate and/or split time? Give your thoughts and sound off!