The Bengals ended the injury-plagued rookie season of first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick on Tuesday when they put the cornerback on injured reserve with a knee issue that is apparently related to the bone spur that wiped out his training camp and the first seven games of the season.
The club replaced him on the roster when it picked up wide receiver
Kirkpatrick's comeback was curtailed after just five games on Dec. 2 in San Diego when he suffered a concussion and practiced just twice since while being inactive for the last three games. He apparently was also batting the knee. Indications are Kirkpatrick's second season isn't in jeopardy because he has plenty of time to rehab if the Bengals decide he needs another procedure.
Kirkpatrick, one of the draft picks the Bengals got in the Carson Palmer trade from Oakland, was the 17th pick out of Alabama. He ended up with two tackles on defense and two on special teams, and a bit of frustration that he expressed last week.
"Everything happening to me this year is just killing me inside," he said. "I’m just trying to hide it and deal with it on my own terms."
Ohio State has put the most players on the Bengals with 25 down through the years and Sanzenbacher, a Toledo, Ohio product, joins fellow Buckeyes
Sanzenbacher's signing puts the Bengals back to the full complement of six receivers with rookie