Terence Newman out 1-3 weeks with MCL sprain

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman was forced to leave Sunday's game after an MCL sprain against the Indianapolis Colts.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman is "a little sore", according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Newman left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury and was seen after the game on crutches. He's since had a brace placed on his knee and will continue going through treatment for a postseason run next month.

According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Newman suffered an MCL sprain. He'll likely miss this weekend's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but could miss the rest of the regular season. Linebacker Rey Maualuga suffered a similar injury earlier this year and missed three games, finally returning after the team's bye week in San Diego.

Second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could be shifted into the starting role with Newman being out. Currently the Bengals are starting Adam Jones, alongside the probability of Kirkpatrick with a relative unknown covering the slot. When the season started it was Leon Hall, Newman, and Jones. With George Iloka undergoing concussion protocols and forcing Crocker to start at safety if iloka isn't ready, Sunday's lineup could have Jones, Kirkpatrick and Brandon Ghee at cornerback.

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