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Vontaze Burfict among Bengals not expected to play vs. Bills; Alex Redmond starting

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The Bengals will have most of their Week 1 starters able to play in Buffalo, including Tyler Eifert.

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Ahead of today’s clash with the Bills, the Bengals announced the following players were unlikely to play:

  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • WR Cody Core
  • LB Vincent Rey
  • CB Davontae Harris
  • OL Corey Helms
  • LB Junior Joseph

Tight end Tyler Eifert is expected to make his preseason debut today, though it’s unclear how much playing time he’ll get after being limited in training camp.

The team also announced that Alex Redmond will start at right guard in place of Trey Hopkins, who will be a backup guard and center for this game. This is Redmond’s first start of the preseason at right guard after Hopkins started there in the first two games. This could be a sign of what’s to come in the regular season as the starters look to play for the first half of tonight’s game.

Seeing Burfict continue to be out isn’t a good sign after he suffered an ankle injury during a Monday practice leading up to the Dallas game. He’s already suspended for the first four games, so he’s still got plenty of time to recover before he’s eligible to play again. Still, this likely means he won’t play in the preseason at all.

Rey should be close to returning from his ankle injury, which he suffered in the first preseason game. He was seen working on the rehab field this week, a good sign that he’s set to return soon.

Rookie cornerback Davontae Harris is battling a knee injury suffered in Dallas, and it’s unclear how long it will keep him out. He was already struggling to stand out and is in real danger of being waived during final cuts, despite being a fifth-round pick this year. There’s also a chance he lands on Injured/Reserve.

Wide receiver Cody Core continues to miss practice with an undisclosed injury and is unlikely to make the 53-man roster. He’s been out for over a week now and has been surpassed by rookie Auden Tate as the sixth and likely final receiver to make the roster.