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Vincent Rey and Shawn Williams suffer injuries during Bengals vs Broncos

The Bengals lost two key defenders in the first half of their matchup with the Broncos.

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The Bengals made it through the first two games without any significant injuries, but they did have a pair of injury scares in the first half vs the Broncos.

The first was starting linebacker Vincent Rey, who suffered a head/neck injury in the first half. It happened on a tackle Rey made on a pass play in which he went head first into running back C.J. Anderson.

After the play, Rey was down on the ground and appeared to be out for a few moments, but did get up and go to the sideline to be further examined by the Bengals medical staff for a concussion.

Rey has since been cleared of a concussion and is able to return to the game. When he was out, rookie Nick Vigil took his place. The following defensive series, Rey came back into the game.

The Bengals also lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a knee injury in the first half. It was not clear how Williams injured his knee, but he was seen limping towards the sideline before heading to the locker room to have his knee further examined.

He was listed as questionable to return, but did return the following series. With Williams out, second-year safety Derron Smith took his place. We’ll keep you posted if any more updates come on these two players.