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Kevin Zeitler is already on pace to be the longest-tenured Bengal to wear the No. 68.

We're now at 68 days until the Bengals are back on the field for their regular-season opener against the Raiders.

Here's a look at the history of the No. 68 in Cincinnati:

Dave Middendorf ............ 1968-69

Steve Lawson ................. 1971-72

Bill Kollar ........................ 1974-76

Dave Pureifory ................ 1978

Mike Obrovac ................. 1981-83

Tom Richey .................... 1987

Paul Jetton ..................... 1989-91

Donnell Johnson (99) ..... 1993 (Games 4-16)

Dave Cadigan ................. 1994

Scott Shaw ..................... 1998

Ron Smith ....................... 2002

Jonathan Fanene............ 2005-11

Kevin Zeitler ................... 2012-15

The first Bengals to wear No. 68 for at least three seasons was Bill Kollar. Drafted by the Bengals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft, Kollar played in 37 career games in Cincinnati along the defensive line. He went on to find a bigger role in Tampa Bay, where he played in 72 games with 35 starts.

After Kollar, offensive tackle Mike Obrovac wore No. 68 for three years while playing in 25 career games with two starts. Then came Paul Jetton in 1989. He played in 28 career games with 10 starts in Cincinnati. After him, there wasn't another Bengal to wear No. 68 for more than one season until Jonathan Fanene.

Drafted by Cincinnati in the seventh round (233rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Fanene played seven seasons in Cincinnati. He made 17 starts while playing in 71 total games at defensive end and tackle. Fanene never found a defined role in the Bengals defense until Mike Zimmer became defensive coordinator. Under Zimmer, Fanene had two seasons in which he registered 6+ sacks after recording just one career sack prior to Zim's arrival.

Once Fanene left, Kevin Zeitler took over the No. 68 jersey and has worn it ever since. The former first-round pick (27th overall) has started in 39 games at right guard over three seasons. He's entering his fourth season with the Bengals and had his fifth-year option picked up for 2016 this offseason. If he plays four more years in Cincinnati, he'll tie Fanene for the longest-tenured Bengal to wear No. 68.