Two ailing Bengals defensive backs appear quite likely to be in action Sunday for the home opener against San Diego, per Bengals.com. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (calf) has been deemed probable after practicing fully Friday while safety George Iloka (ankle) was limited, but should make his 34th straight start.
The Bengals have exercised fifth-year options on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler, a source told CBSSports.com Senior NFL Writer William Brinson. Kirkpatrick played in all 16 games (two starts) recorded 23 total tackles in 2014. He was selected by the Bengals as the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Zeitler, the 27th pick in 2012, started 12 games in 2014, having missed four due to a calf injury. He has been a three-year starter for the Bengals.
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left the playoff game against the Bengals in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was deemed doubtful to return. Kirkpatrick battled the injury throughout the game. He had four tackles and a pass defensed before leaving.
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was probable with a toe injury, is active for Monday's game against the Broncos after sitting out last week. Also suiting up for Cincy are defensive end Carlos Dunlap (calf), defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (illness), cornerback Terence Newman (ankle), guard Mike Pollak (knee) and wideout Brandon Tate (illness).
The Bengals unveiled their final Week 16 injury report for Monday's game against the Broncos and listed Margus Hunt, Dre Kirkpatrick, Marshall Newhouse, Jermaine Gresham, Terence Newman, Mike Pollak, Carlos Dunlap and Brandon Tate as probable. AJ McCarron (illness) is the only player listed as questionable, while Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring) and James Wright (knee) are listed as doubtful. The Bengals did not rule any players out.