When Jason LA Canfora of CBS Sports reported Wednesday night that Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick had suffered a serious leg injury that could cost him all of training camp, Bengals nation went into a massive frenzy trying to figure out what was going on and how this could happen on the eve of a promising season that Kirk was to be a vital part of.
Then came the NFL Network’s report that Kirkpatrick’s injury is a fractured bone in his knee, and that he 17th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was expected to miss the next 6 weeks of football activities. If that timetable were to hold true, he would likely miss all of training camp and the Monday Night Football opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
Then, appearing on the Lance McCallister radio show last night, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that the injury was not in fact as serious as it was being reported, and that Dre was not in danger of missing the start of the regular season.
Geoff Hobson also stated that the Bengals recently examined him and determined his leg injury was not serious enough to make an announcement until the club does its physicals Thursday, and that he’ll likely be out a month at most and that he’s not at risk fort any long-term impact.
Brad Johansen reported that Kirk did not in fact have a broken bone, but instead had developed Osgood-Shlatter Syndrome.
The most recent update comes from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who said Dre is expected to miss two to four weeks with a fractured bone in his leg.
It appears whatever injury or ailment that is plaguing Dre, its not as bad as we previously thought, and he may in fact get to participate during training camp and be ready to contribute when the Bengals open up with the defending AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night football.