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Alex Redmond returns to Bengals; may be a starting LG candidate

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With the left guard spot being a mess, the Bengals may give Redmond a chance to see what he can do there.

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The Cincinnati Bengals could be getting some more depth along their embattled offensive line.

On Tuesday, offensive guard Alex Redmond returned to the team after serving a suspension for Games 1-4. He has been granted by the NFL a roster exemption for up to one week, during which the team may activate him at any point. The exemption expires on Monday, Oct. 7.

A third-year player in 2019, Redmond just served a four-game suspension for PED use.

Last season, Redmond played in and started 15 games at right guard and helped pave the way for running back Joe Mixon’s AFC-best 1,168 rushing yards. He was originally an undrafted free agent for the 2016 season by way of the UCLA Bruins.

However, Redmond has been a major liability as a pass-protector, which is why the Bengals went out and signed John Miller to a three-year deal this offseason. Miller took over Redmond’s spot, and the Bengals also have Billy Price and John Jerry on the bench to play either guard spot.

However, Andre Smith left Monday’s game with an arm injury, while Cordy Glenn remains out due to a concussion. That could lead to Jerry playing left tackle, which may open up a spot for Redmond as a backup guard.

Then there’s also a chance the Bengals want to see what Redmond can do at left guard, especially after rookie Michael Jordan has a disastrous performance on Monday, and Price wasn’t much better in relief. Price has also been battling plantar fasciitis, which may explain why the Bengals are so hesitant to play him. That could open the door for Redmond to start at left guard in Week 5 vs. the Cardinals.