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Marvin Lewis says Bengals center Billy Price could play vs. Buccaneers

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This is a great sign for Billy Price’s recovery progress.

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Billy Price, the Bengals’ first-round rookie center, has been sidelined since the Bengals’ Week 2 Thursday night game against the Ravens. He suffered a foot injury that forced him to wear a walking boot.

Originally, Price thought he would be recovered by the Steelers game, but it turned out that the injury was more severe than he had thought.

That changed this week when he returned to practice for the first time this week, and now, head coach Marvin Lewis has given us the most positive news since his injury occurred when he told reporters that Price could play against the Buccaneers.

However, the Bengals have since revealed that Price is doubtful on the final injury report, so don’t expect him this week.

Still, this could lead to a very positive move along the offensive line, and the fact there’s even a chance he’ll play bodes well for him returning in Week 10 vs. the Saints, which comes after a much-needed bye week.

Offensive lineman Trey Hopkins, who has been filling in for Price at center, has actually done well at the position. This could lead to Hopkins or Price taking over at right guard for Alex Redmond, who has struggled at times this season in pass protection.

Either way, it will be great to have Price back out there as he just brings an attitude that is sorely missed when he is out.