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Bengals worked out former Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler

The Cincinnati Bengals are doing their due-diligence with three linebackers already on season-ending injured reserve and two primary contributors (Emmanuel Lamur and Vincent Rey) dealing with injuries from last week.

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The Cincinnati Bengals worked out linebacker Victor Butler on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson with the Baltimore Sun.

Butler, a six-year pro who was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys during the 2009 NFL draft, began his career as DeMarcus Ware's backup. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys, playing 63 of 64 games and generating 11 quarterback sacks during that time.

Months after signing a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on March 28, 2013, Butler suffered a torn ACL after colliding with running back Mark Ingram during the offseason training program. Butler was eventually released during cuts this year.

Butler has signed with the Arizona Cardinals (zero games) and Indianapolis Colts (two games) this season.

Cincinnati has an obvious issue with healthy linebackers this season. Vontaze Burfict, Jayson DiManche and Sean Porter are already on Injured Reserve. Emmanuel Lamur suffered a hamstring injury last week and Vincent Rey took a nasty shot to the head against the Browns -- but was later cleared.