The Bengals escaped last night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys without major injury, but Dre Kirkpatrick likely suffered a concussion during the fourth-quarter while attempting to block a field goal on special teams:
Kirkpatrick wasn’t allowed to meet the media after the game, indicating he had some concussion-like symptoms. He missed two games last season because of a concussion.
During the play, Kirk laid-out to block the field goal as it sailed just past his out-stretched arms, and he collided with Chris Lews-Harris. Kirkpatrick was visibly disoriented enough that it was clear he’d suffered a concussion, meaning he’ll likley be out for Thursday’s preseason finale vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Kirkpatrick missed two games last year after suffering a concussion against the San Diego Chargers.
Starting right tackle Andre Smith suffered a knee injury during the second quarter. head coach Marvin Lewis said after the game that Smith should be ready for the regular season opener against the Chicago Bears.
Lewis added that both players will undergo further testing this week, and they’re status for the opener may not be known until days prior to the regular season opener.