Brandon Allen (knee) DNP for Bengals' first practice

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen (knee) was sidelined for Thursday's practice.

What It Means:

The Bengals are still hopeful that Allen will be able to play in Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He completed 55-of-84 passes for 506 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 picks as a starter the last three games. The Steelers' defense will be licking its chops if the Bengals are forced to start Ryan Finley on Monday. It would also be a downgrade for all of the Bengals' skill players.

Allen has a salary of $6,500 on FanDuel in Week 15. He is only averaging 10.1 FanDuel points as a starter and the Steelers are allowing the second-fewest FanDuel points per game to the quarterback position.