Center Kyle Cook became the first Bengal to be put on the injured reserve recall list, meaning he won’t count against the 53-man roster until he is recalled, which can’t happen until week 6 at the earliest. He can then be activated and play two weeks later when the team plays the Broncos.
That doesn’t mean Cook will be ready in Week 6 to play after suffering a serious foot injury, and the team still has yet to reveal if he will be healthy enough to return this year. When Cook is brought off the IR, the Bengals will have three weeks to activate him and cut a player to to make room for Cook. That is, if he is ever healthy enough to play this year.
Cook’s replacement, the newly signed Jeff Faine, is getting a crash course on the Bengals offense in preparation for the team’s Monday night opener against the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens. Faine will be tasked with blocking All-Pro defensive-tackle Haloti Ngata, but offensive-line coach PAul Alexander is trying to make the transition as seamless as possible:
He’s really worked hard. He’s a very conscientious guy and he’s put in the time. We’ve tried to teach him one game at a time and give him the specific game plan for this week’s game against Baltimore rather than teach him the entire playbook because he wouldn’t be able to digest that in a week.
After Cook was placed on IR, a roster spot opened up and the Bengals filled it with third-year tight-end Richard Quinn. He was a 2nd-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft. He is primarily a blocking specialist, and has one reception for nine yards in his 30 career NFL games. Quinn was waived by the Redskins for final cuts last week.