The Bengals reportedly worked out a trio of free agent quarterbacks Thursday, including T.J. Yates, who spent all of training camp with the Bills.
Yates opened the summer as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback before being supplanted by rookie Nathan Peterman. Yates suffered a concussion late in the preseason and was later released with an injury settlement so he could try to sign with another team.
Bringing in an opponent's former player right before a game – especially a quarterback – is usually seen as a Patriots-level act of mild subterfuge, but this one could have some legitimacy. Backup quarterback A.J. McCarron was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to an Achilles injury, so the Bengals may have wanted to work out some other quarterbacks as a precaution. McCarron returned to practice fully Thursday.
Quarterbacks Yates, Matt Barkley and Matt McGloin all worked out for the Titans earlier this week before being invited to Cincinnati. The Titans opted to sign Brandon Weeden with starter Marcus Mariota (hamstring) banged up.
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