The 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.