Brown is expected to take on a big role at linebacker while Vontaze Burfict serves a four-game suspension to begin the season, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Brown is already a tackles machine, tying for the NFL lead last year with 144 as a member of the Bills. The Bengals ultimately envision the two playing side-by-side, and when that happens, Brown might lose a few tackles. For those first four weeks, however, Brown should have a high volume.

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