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


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.