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Thursday’s Preseason game as important as any for earning roster spots

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Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis has some tough decisions to make over the next week, and many of them will revolve around Thursday night’s preseason finale vs. the Indianapolis Colts. He has to carefully balance which of his starters play, how long they play, and which players on the roster bubble get the most playing time in order to showcase why they deserve to be on the final 53-man roster, or even latch on with a spot on the practice squad:

"“It’s a three-fold event,” Lewis said Tuesday after the team’s only full-scale practice of the week. “The mindset is it’s a great night for our fans. It’s another home game. It’s a fun thing, and we’ll have our guys get out there and let them play a little bit, get them out, and let the other guys finish the game up that are fighting for spots. (And) there are guys who haven’t played much who’ll be on the 53-man roster that need experience.”"