Bengals QB McCarron Could Be A Go Monday

Two key Bengals backups -- quarterback A.J. McCarron and offensive lineman Jake Fisher -- could be seeing their first field time of the preseason in Monday's game at Tampa Bay.

The Bengals could be getting their first preseason looks at projected backup quarterback A.J. McCarron and rookie offensive tackle Jake Fisher on Monday in the second preseason game, at Tampa Bay.

"A couple of the guys who didn’t get an opportunity to play last week will hopefully be able to play this week,” coach Marvin Lewis said.

McCarron (muscle pull) and Fisher (shoulder) did not play in Friday's preseason-opening win against the New York Giants.

"It ... sounds like they think McCarron can go against the Buccaneers after he sat Friday with a pulled muscle rather than anything wrong with his shoulder," said the team's official web site. "(Josh) Johnson got the bulk of the work Friday and showed his veteran poise, but it still looks like the backup job is McCarron’s to lose."

The Bengals want to see McCarron transfer practice accuracy into games, and they would like for that to occur before the preseason Week 3 dress rehearsal for the season opener.

The Bengals are "hoping Fisher can make his debut in Tampa," said Bengals.com reporter Geoff Hobson, who added that "it’s unclear why (right tackle Andre) Smith didn’t play (Friday), but they’re easing him back as he returns from a torn triceps."

Also expected to be available Monday against the Bucs is place kicker Mike Nugent (muscle issue). Nugent sat out the opener and watched undrafted rookie Tom Obarski make six of seven kicks, including three of four field goals.

Running backs Rex Burkhead (neck) and Cedric Peerman (knee), and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (groin) appear to be a go for Monday after leaving early in the Giants contest.

Defensive end Margus Hunt (back) is practicing, but did not play Friday. It's unclear when he will be game-ready.

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