Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis tells Lance McAlister on 700 WLW that the start of the regular season is not in jeopardy for Dre Kirkpatrick.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis joined Lance McAlister during Sports Talk on 700 WLW to talk football (as opposed, to you know, not football stuff) on Wednesday when Lance asked about Dre Kirkpatrick's injury. Lewis began with the more logical and obvious response. A seemingly exhausted rant against twitter.
"It’s really a minor injury. Unfortunately too much has been made of this again. We're going to fix this whole twitter thing here in a second, so I can’t wait for that. I’m sick and tired of it. Our guys don’t understand how to use it and we’re going to fix it."
Lewis, we're assuming is referring to Kirkpatrick's tweet, basically apologizing for being injured two hours after CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora broke the story that Kirkpatrick had a knee injury. But we think after dealing with Chad Johnson's twitter for so long, Lewis is probably dealing with some form of combat fatigue.
After a laugh, Lewis said that Kirkpatrick will be fine sooner rather than later.
"It’s a setback for him because he’s going to have to take some time. The good thing is he’s here with our people. He’s done everything asked of him. It’s been a couple of weeks, so he’s pretty far along now with it. Things will sort (?) out and he’ll be fine. Too much gets made of this stuff and I know there’s nothing else important, other than A-Rod getting hurt yesterday."
When Lance asked if the start of the season is in jeopardy for Kirkpatrick, Lewis, in Mike Zimmer fashion, said, "No, I don't."
Earlier during Wednesday afternoon, the NFL Network reported that Kirkpatrick has a fractured bone in his knee, expected to join the Physically Unable to Perform List. During the preseason, the PUP allows players to join the team once they are medically cleared, unlike the PUP list during the regular season where they are ineligible for the first six weeks of the regular season.
Local 12 Sports Directory Brad Johansen followed that up, tweeting that Kirkpatrick is dealing with Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome.