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With Kyle Cook injured, Bengals kick Jeff Faine’s tires

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Bengals center Kyle Cook was able to remain in last week’s game against the Packers after injuring his foot, but he might not be playing in a game again for a while.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cook paid a visit to a foot specialist on Monday to evaluate his injury. There’s no word on the specific injury, but Reedy writes that  “indications are that he will miss a large amount of time” if he is able to play again this season.

Cook has started the last 66 regular season and playoff games for the Bengals, a streak that provides in continuity what Cook sometimes lacks in ability to make a huge difference as a blocker. The Bengals used undrafted rookie Trevor Robinson at center in Monday’s practice and he will start Thursday’s preseason finale, but you couldn’t blame them for feeling uneasy about the prospect of Robinson facing off with Haloti Ngata in the first game of the season.

That’s why they’re taking a look at veteran center Jeff Faine on Tuesday. Faine did not have a good year with the Bucs in 2011, leading to his release in March and very little interest on the open market even as centers jumped around quite a bit in free agency. Faine’s had stronger performances in the past, though, and would give the Bengals a more experienced option that Robinson in the middle of the line.

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5 Responses to “With Kyle Cook injured, Bengals kick Jeff Faine’s tires”
  1. 32bigg says: Aug 28, 2012 10:04 AM

    Bengals need a veteran to start at center for that first game.

    With a rookie right guard and second year left guard and facing the Ravens week 1, a rookie center would probably not fair well.

    Even Reggie Stevens, who hasn’t looked good this camp, would be better than starting a rookie.

  2. villa41 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wow. This team is a mess, no running game and a bad offensive line. Looks like Palmer got out of this rat’s nest just in time. Dalton will probably be on IR by week 5.

  3. earthwormjim2000 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    I blame the field turf.

  4. voyager6 says: Aug 28, 2012 7:09 PM

    Eric Ghiaciuc anyone? He’s been resting up since Dec 2010.

  5. hitdog042 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:43 PM

    villa41 says:
    Aug 28, 2012 10:35 AM
    Wow. This team is a mess, no running game and a bad offensive line. Looks like Palmer got out of this rat’s nest just in time. Dalton will probably be on IR by week 5.

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    huh? The Bengals gave up the 5th fewest sacks in the NFL last year Villa41. in 2010, they gave up the 8th fewest.

    So we all ask you… what are you talking about?

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