Quick Hits: Corners nicked; Rey Looks In Mirror; Dominating PBS Finales

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_After coming off a solid season-high 27 snaps, cornerback KeiVarae Russell (finger) may not be available for Sunday’s Paul Brown Stadium finale (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12, order tickets) against the Raiders. Russell, who apparently got hurt in Wednesday’s practice, didn’t work Thursday. Right end Michael Johnson (concussion) also didn't work and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) went limited. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) didn't go and looks to miss his second straight game. Both starting tackles, Cordy Glenn (back) and Bobby Hart (knee) were limited as was back-up cornerback Tony McRae (concussion). Left guard Clint Boling (knee) was back to full.

According to profootballfocus.com, Russell gave up two catches for 38 yards on four targets last Sunday to Chargers wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams …

The Bengals continue to prepare for the week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Photos from practice.

_No one knows former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther better than the Bengals linebackers, especially a guy like Vincent Rey, a college free agent that blossomed under Guenther when he coached the linebackers and then coordinated the defense while Rey made 47 starts as a valued, versatile fill-in. Guenther took Bengals assistant linebackers coach David Lippincott to coach the Raiders backers and they're in the development game again getting quality snaps from undrafted middle linebacker Jason Cabinda.

Rey was asked this week how he expected Guenther to attack an inexperienced quarterback like Jeff Driskel:

"I know whenever you're going against a quarterback who hasn't played much, as a defense you're always looking forward to it. I'm not sure. I'm thinking they show blitz and drop out in coverage. That's what we've done in the past when he's been here. I trust our guys. I trust Jeff. I trust Clint (Boling) and our guys up front, Bobby (Hart). It's going to be an exciting game. We all have to do our parts to win, offense, defense and special teams. " ...

_The Bengals have won six straight home finales and 10 of the last 11. Head coach Marvin Lewis is 11-4 in in the last regular-season home games of the year … Lewis is 38-37 overall in December … Lewis is 16-9 at PBS against West division teams …

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