The Cincinnati Bengals may have everyone available in Week 9 that was able to play in Week 8.
During the Bengals’ win over the Colts, it appeared the team may have lost several starters due to injury, including Kirkpatrick to yet another injury related to his shoulder. He went down with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter as he was making a tackle for loss on Colts running back Marlon Mack, but the veteran eventually returned to help save the day.
Kirkpatrick has since practiced every day this week, including a full session on Thursday after being limited Wednesday, so he appears good to go for Week 9.
Another injury the Bengals sustained in Week 8 was to starting guard, Trey Hopkins, who injured his leg late in the contest. It happened late in the game with Cincinnati trying to run the clock out. Joe Mixon took a handoff and attempted to run up the middle, and while Hopkins was blocking, he was pushed backwards into Mixon and bent back very awkwardly.
After being examined by trainers, Hopkins walked off the field and was deemed to have a left knee injury. Replacing him at right guard was TJ Johnson. That switch eventually led to Andy Dalton being sacked on a key third down.
Thankfully, Hopkins has not missed any practice time this week, so it appears the Bengals will have all hands on deck in Jacksonville along the offensive line.
The same is hopefully true at kicker, as Randy Bullock was limited Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session. The last thing the Bengals need is a kicker issue after going through them non-stop last season and in the preseason this year.
One other injury the Bengals suffered in Week 8 was to Michael Johnson, who injured his back and missed the second half. After failing to practice Wednesday, Johnson was able to get a limited session in on Thursday. He looks iffy to play Sunday.
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