Rookie LB Bailey Could Be in For More Snaps vs. Steelers

Markus Bailey may get some Monday night time.
Markus Bailey may get some Monday night time.

With linebacker Logan Wilson inactive with an ankle injury, seventh-round pick Markus Bailey could get extended snaps Monday night against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium.

Bailey, a Columbus, Ohio product out of Purdue, has played in the last seven games primarily on special teams and has taken just 16 scrimmage snaps. Wilson, the third-rounder out of Wyoming, had been developing the way they wanted as an eventual third-down player playing  mostly in passing situations.

Behind inside backers Josh Bynes (71 percent) and Germaine Pratt (62), Wilson has played third most among the backers and has 27 tackles to go with two interceptions and a sack. Even if Wilson doesn't play the rest of the season, he did what no Bengals rookie linebacker has done in 15 years with at least a sack and an interception. Odell Thurman, a second-rounder in 2005, had five picks and 1.5 sacks.

As head coach Zac Taylor indicated earlier in the week, Austin Seibert is getting another chance to kick with Randy Bullock on Monday's inactive list with quarterback Brandon Allen (knee) and offensive linemen Alex Redmond, B.J. Finney and Keaton Sutherland.

The deactivation of Redmond could indicate Quinton Spain gets his third straight start at right guard and sixth straight since he was signed.

Kevin Hogan, who hasn't played in a game since 2017, is quarterback Ryan Finley's backup after he was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad Monday. Hogan came off the bench to rush for 104 yards in his NFL debut against the Bengals in 2016. He's played in eight games with one start and has never faced the Steelers.

The Bengals have arrived to Paul Brown Stadium for Monday Night Football. Check out the Bengals players entering the stadium as Cincinnati hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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