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Bengals quarterback Matt Barkley leaves game with knee injury


ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 26: Matt Barkley #7 hands the ball off to Brian Hill #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Cincinnati defeats Buffalo 26-13 in the preseason matchup. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Barkley; Brian Hill

Brett Carlsen

All teams really hope for out of the fourth preseason game is for no players to get hurt.

So while it’s not worst-case scenario territory, the Bengals just failed to meet that goal.

Backup quarterback Matt Barkley started tonight (with Andy Dalton tucked safely on the bench), but didn’t make it out of the first quarter.

Barkley hobbled to the sidelines to get checked by trainers, and has already been ruled out for the night with a left knee injury. He walked to the locker room with the athletic training staff.

He was replaced by Jeff Driskel on the field, providing some deja vu after Driskel suffered a broken hand in last year’s preseason finale. Logan Woodside is the only other active quarterback tonight, so he figures to get plenty of work.