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Bengals LB Preston Brown wearing knee brace, not practicing

Brown appears to have a knee injury that could threaten this Week 11 availability.

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It seems like every week the Bengals sustain an injury they absolutely cannot afford.

This week, it comes to yet another linebacker who could be sidelined. That’s Preston Brown who is among an already depleted linebacker position. It seems the Bengals may be without Brown when they face the Ravens on Sunday, as he was seen wearing a knee brace in Wednesday’s open locker room session with the media. He then did not participate in the open to the media portion of practice.

We already knew defensive lineman Adolphus Washington has a knee injury that could sideline him for several weeks.

However, this issue with Brown is something new, as he didn’t appear to get injured during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Saints. The Bengals are already without Nick Vigil (knee) and Vontaze Burfict (hip), though they should be close to a return after missing several weeks now. With Brown not practicing too, it’s a BAD sign for the team.

If Burfict and Vigil are out on Sunday and Brown can’t go either, that’s going to put Cincinnati in a world of hurt against a Ravens team that runs the ball well with Alex Collins and just traded for Ty Montgomery.

Oh, and did we mention Lamar Jackson could be starting this week at quarterback? That’s the kind of quarterback you want Brown to play against, as Jackson will look to beat the Bengals both on the ground and through the air and could have a field day against a Bengals defense potentially down three starting linebackers.

If Brown, Burfict and Vigil are all out this week, the Bengals’ starting linebackers could be Hardy Nickerson, Jordan Evans and Vincent Rey.

In other words, Jackson may be the sleeper fantasy play of Week 11, though it’s not a done deal that he starts as Joe Flacco battles his hip injury. John Harbaugh is keeping his mouth closed in regards to which quarterback will start this week.

Maybe rookie Malik Jefferson will get some snaps at linebacker — and not just on special teams — this week.