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Bengals lose QB Matt Barkley to knee injury vs. Colts

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A major development in the battle for the backup quarterback spot.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals are already down a quarterback in their preseason finale against the Colts.

On the team’s first offensive possession, Matt Barkley was forced from the game due to a knee injury. It was unclear when the injury happened, as he was slow to get up the previous play following a roughing the passer penalty. But he stayed in the game and ran the next play — an end-around handoff to Kermit Whitfield — then went to the sideline to be examined by trainers.

Not long after Barkley left the game, the team announced it was a left knee injury and would miss the rest of the game.

With Barkley out, Jeff Driskel entered the game and proceeded to lead the offense on a touchdown drive. Driskel is competing for the backup spot with Barkley, and the loser may end up losing his roster spot if the Bengals keep just two quarterbacks.

We will keep you posted as more details come out.