Bengals center Kyle Cook‘s season appears to be in jeopardy after seeing a foot specialist yesterday for what’s now being called an ankle injury. He had a boot on his right foot and was wearing a shirt that said “unfair” as he addressed reporters today about the injury, and would only offer these remarks:
All I know is he’s not going to be able to play this week and that we are going to have to evaluate from there. I don’t know if it was a point. It was the doctors and team physicians doing their due diligence and checking on everything with it. They just realized it was more severe than it was thought at the beginning.
It doesn’t sound like Cook will be playing anytime soon. The Bengals typically are one of the most secretive teams when it comes to injuries, and unless Cook is placed on the injured reserve list, we may never know if or when he’ll play this year until the season is over. Remember the Rich Braham situation in 2006? After going down in week 2, seemingly every week was a “will he or won’t he play” situation. The Bengals don’t won’t to show any of their cards, and that’s unlikely to change this year.
As for first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick, the talented CB out of Alabama will not be making his debut Thursday against the Colts after tendonitis arose in his injured knee that’s cost him virtually all of training camp and the preseason.
CBs Jason Allen and Adam Jones, as well as TE Jermaine Gresham, and DEs Carlos Dunlap and Robert Geatherswere also absent from practice and will not play vs. the Colts. Gresham has yet to practice since spraining his knee in the second preseason game, but the team remains optimistic he will be ready for week 1. Dunlap has been progressing very nicely, and may even be able to suit up for the regular-season opener against the Ravens, which would be an extremely nice boost given everything the team is facing right now.