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Bengals LB Vincent Rey sprains ankle vs. Bears

The Bengals lose a key linebacker early in their first preseason game.

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The Bengals couldn’t make it through one quarter without a key player being injured against the Bears.

Linebacker Vincent Rey suffered what appeared to be a ankle injury during a punt return midway through the first quarter. He was down after the play and had to be helped off the field to be examined on the sideline.

UPDATE: Marvin Lewis says Rey has a sprained ankle. He’ll likely be evaluated further tomorrow.

The team quickly announced Rey suffered an ankle injury and was doubtful to return. That does not necessarily mean it’s a bad injury as much as the team won’t risk further injury in what’s really a meaningless preseason game for the veteran.

Rey has been a mainstay on special teams an the Bengals defense for much of his career. He’s entering his ninth season with the club, and losing him would be a big blow to this defense and special teams.

We will have more on this story if any more details become available.