Report: Bengals to start QB Brandon Allen vs. Giants

Dan Benton
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The Cincinnati Bengals lost rookie quarterback Joe Burrow to a severe knee injury a week ago and it was Ryan Finley who initially stepped in to replace him. However, that’s not who the New York Giants will see under center in Week 12.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Bengals have decided to start the 28-yer-old Brandon Allen, who was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday, instead.

Allen, a 2016 fourth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has appeared in just three career games, completing 46.4% of his passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Each of those starts came in 2019 as a member of the Denver Broncos when Drew Lock was on injured reserve. The team went 1-2 over that span.

The Giants will have an inside scouting report on Allen thanks to Bret Bielema, who was the quarterback’s head coach at Arkansas from 2013-2016.

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