Bengals hosted free agent LB Tyrone McKenzie today

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Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Thomas Howard (53) reacts with a smile as he stretches during warm up drills before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Thomas Howard (53) reacts with a smile as he stretches during warm up drills before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Cincinnati Bengals need to sign a linebacker, or at least call one up from the practice squad soon. They’re currently slated to face the Chicago Bears with just five backers, three of which have actual starting experience. Vincent Rey has been relegated to special teams for his entire career, and Jayson DiMache is an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois. He’ll be going from facing teams in the MAC to facing Matt Forte on Sunday, so that might be a little much to ask of him.

Sufficeth to say, the Bengals are working the phones and gauging their options, but it doesn’t look  like they’re liking the feedback their getting.

Former starting weakside LB Thomas Howard was in for a workout today in order for the coaches and medical staff to determine how far along Howard is with his ACL rehabilitation, which isn’t where they want it to be, and likely won’t be singing him, according to Geoff Hobson:

Former Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard, a year removed from tearing his ACL, worked out Tuesday but there were no indications the club is going to sign him in the near future as it continues to monitor his progress.

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