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Report: Rex Burkhead will miss first month of 2014 NFL season

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Rex Burkhead is believed to have suffered a knee injury against the New York Jets in Week 2 of the preseason.

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After the Cincinnati Bengals cut running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, it was a good sign that Rex Burkhead might be close returning to practice. Burkhead is believed to have suffered a knee injury against the New York Jets in Week 2 of the preseason, though no "official" diagnosis has ever been given by the team.

It looks like Burkhead will make the roster, but is out for the first month of the season, according to the mothership.

It remains to be seen if both Peerman and Burkhead are active for games, but Burkhead (knee) won’t be available for the first month of the season.

If Cincinnati keeps four running backs, the theorized roster would look like this: Rookie Jeremy Hill, second-year back Giovani Bernard, special teams ace Cedric Peerman and the winner between Burkhead edging out undrafted free agent James Wilder Jr. for the final spot.

Burkhead, a sixth-rounder from the 2013 NFL draft, spent his entire rookie season on the team's active roster, but was inactive in all but one game (Nov. 10 against the Baltimore Ravens). He generated 130 yards rushing on 28 carries in four preseason games and caught an additional five passes.