Bengals ready for Dre Kirkpatrick, is he?

Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre KirkpatrickThe Bengals secondary has gotten healthier in the last couple of weeks, but they still haven’t been able to see what first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick can do in a game.

Kirkpatrick hurt his knee before training camp and then aggravated the injury in camp. That left him with just about a week of practice before the start of the season, something he started remedying last week. He’s been a full participant in practice each of the last two days and coach Marvin Lewis sounds optimistic about where Kirkpatrick is at the moment.

“He had a good week,” said Lewis, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Everybody else gets two weeks of training camp and then four preseason games and then they’re ready to play in a game. He’s had about two and a half weeks of good work. It’s part of the process to get through. He has no problems, no symptoms. He’s competing and taking a lot of snaps both with the starting group and against our offense. He’s getting work on both sides.”

Lewis said that Kirkpatrick could play on Sunday against the Browns and the rookie is listed as questionable. Reedy, citing the original timeline given when Kirkpatrick returned to practice, thinks it is more likely that his debut will be back until after the Bengals’ bye in Week Eight. It doesn’t seem like too much longer before Kirkpatrick will be on the field, something that could be a boost to the team’s defense in the second half of the year. Read more…

Kirkpatrick suffers a leg injury, could be out to start season

Dre KirkpatrickThe Bengals had two first-round picks in 2012, thanks to the trade that sent a quarterback who vowed never to play again for the Bengals to Oakland.  One of those first-round picks, however, is already injured.
Though not as severe as the torn ACL that 17 years ago wiped out No. 1 overall pick Ki-Jana Carter’s rookie season before it even began, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is “telling associates” that he suffered a leg injury while preparing for training camp, according to Jason La Canfora of

It was reported by that the former Alabama cornerback has suffered a fractured bone in his knee, and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The news means that he will likely miss all of the pre-season and could miss at least the first week or two of the regular season.  At that point, depending on his conditioning and learning curve, it could be the second half of the season or later before Kirkpatrick is able to be a significant contributor.

Additionally, if Kirkpatrick is not healthy enough to be removed from the PUP list by the start of the season, he will be forced to miss the first 6 weeks.  This is a huge blow to a team that still doesn’t know the status of Leon Hall and his Achilles injury. Read more here…