Kirkpatrick left the Bengals' season-ending playoff loss to the Steelers with a quad injury. He'll also have to adjust to life without both secondary coaches, who left to join other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Bengals are losing a lot of their continuity, having lost Hue Jackson to the Browns as well. Kirkpatrick had a rough season, frequently being picked on a lot by opposing quarterbacks without recording any interceptions. He did have 70 tackles and 16 passes defensed, but a lot of that is based on volume being targeted so frequently.
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).
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