Kirkpatrick popped up on the injury report with Achilles and ankle issues at different points this season, and it's possible he could still be in recovery from either one of them. Fortunately, there haven't been any reports indicating that any of the cornerback's ailments could affect Kirkpatrick's availability for the start of the Bengals' offseason workout program this spring.
Kirkpatrick (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Kirkpatrick suffered the right shoulder injury last week against the Browns, and wasn't going to be available for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, prompting the move to injured reserve. The specifics of the injury remain unclear as Darqueze Dennard is set to step into a starting role at cornerback opposite William Jackson III.
Kirkpatrick is out for the remainder of Sunday's game with a right shoulder injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
The severity of the injury still remains in question. For now, Darqueze Dennard is the likely replacement alongside William Jackson III. More details will likely emerge following Sunday's outcome.
Kirkpatrick recored four tackles (all solo) in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Kirkpatrick was held out of Week 14 due to an ankle injury but didn't appear limited with the issue in Week 15. He has 41 tackles (35 solo) and nine passes defensed through 12 games this so far this season.
Kirkpatrick (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's contest against the Raiders.
Kirkpatrick was unable to suit up for last week's tilt against the Chargers before returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday. He figures to draw the start at cornerback, having played at least 57 defensive snaps in each of his past two games.
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