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Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler could have a torn calf

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Cincinnati Bengals guard Mike Pollak could start several upcoming games as Kevin Zeitler's replacement, who may miss upward of a month.

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During 700 WLW's Bengals Line, radio analyst Dave Lapham said that offensive guard Kevin Zeitler tore one of his calf muscles during Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The calf muscle, made up of two muscles (the gastrocnemius and soleus), will keep Zeitler out for a month (at least), according to Lapham.

Zeitler, who suffered the injury during Giovani Bernard's second quarter touchdown run, is currently in a protective boot while he's sporting a pair of crutches to get around.

In the meantime, backup guard Mike Pollak took over on Sunday and figures to be the starter for the foreseeable future.

"It took me about a series to kind of get refocused back there," Pollak said via ESPN. "Last year when I had to fill in for Kevin toward the end of the season, I got a lot of reps over there."

Per Pro Football Focus grading scale, Pollak scored a +0.4 with a +0.5 in pass protection and +0.3 in run blocks. He took a hit as a screen blocker at -0.5.