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38 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Shaun Prater is the most recent Bengal to wear the No. 38 in Cincinnati.

We're now sitting 38 days away from Bengals regular-season football.

With that said, here's a look at former NFL players who wore the No. 38 during their careers in Cincinnati.

Estes Banks 1968
Steve Conley 1972
Champ Henson 1975
Mike Dingle 1991-92
Jason Burns . 1995
Michael Basnight 1999
Shaun Prater 2012

The First

As has been the case with numbers in the 40s and high 30s, the No. 38 has a brief history in Cincinnati. The first Bengal to wear it was running back Estes Banks. Drafted out of Colorado by the Raiders in the 8th round (188th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft, Banks spent one year in Oakland before joining Cincinnati in 1968. In 23 career games (0 starts), Banks rushed for 157 yards on 44 career rushes with the Bengals and Raiders.


Most recently, cornerback Shaun Prater wore the No. 38 during his brief stint with the Bengals. Drafted out Iowa in the 5th round (156th overall) of the 2012 draft, Prater would never play in a game with the Bengals after spending time on the  injured reserve list in 2012. He was waived during final roster cuts in 2013 before being claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings would later waive Prater in October before the Minnesota Vikings claimed him for a reunion with Mike Zimmer. Prater is now attempting to make the Vikings' final 53-man roster in 2015 after making it in 2014 and played in 10 games.

As of now, no Bengal is slated to wear the No. 38 this year, even in training camp.

Hey, at least we're just a little more than a week away from the Bengals' preseason opener vs. the New York Giants. Who's excited?