The debut date for Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick keeps getting pushed back.
Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that the setback Kirkpatrick had last week with his knee will keep him off the field for a few weeks while he rehabs. He’ll then return to practice and the Bengals will be able to figure out when they might actually see Kirkpatrick in a game. Kirkpatrick didn’t play at all in the preseason, which clearly isn’t the start to a career that the Bengals were hoping for from the 17th overall pick in the draft.
The Bengals did get Adam Jones and Jason Allen back from muscle pulls on Monday. The duo played one preseason game between them, but the team needs them on the field next Monday night to keep their secondary from being less populated than your closest apocalyptic wasteland. The Bengals also got defensive end Robert Geathers on the practice field for the first time in more than a month, which will be crucial if defensive end Carlos Dunlap remains sidelined with a sprained knee.
“Their legs are fresh. That’s what we want,” Lewis said, via the team’s website. “Guys like Robert Geathers, that’s the best thing we can do so we wouldn’t have to wear him out out there. It’s a good thing.”
It’s not an ideal way to start the season, but they aren’t going to hold everything up until the Bengals are totally healthy.