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Dre Kirkpatrick to miss about a month with knee injury, per report

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Kirkpatrick will be sidelined until after the Bengals’ bye week.

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The Cincinnati Bengals’ injuries problems have continued.

This time, it is veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who will be sidelined for about a month with a knee injury, according to Ian Rapoport.

The former first-round pick from Alabama is in his seventh NFL season and fifth-straight in a full-time starting role. The loss of Kirkpatrick will be a setback for a defense that’s already been woefully-bad this season, especially in the pass coverage department.

The good news is the Bengals should get fellow cornerback Darqueze Dennard back from PUP soon, possibly as soon as this week. And while Kirkpatrick will miss a month or so, the Bengals have just two more games until their bye in Week 9. That makes it hard to see the team placing Kirkpatrick on injured reserve unless more damage is revealed in the visit with the doctor on Tuesday.

But for now, the Bengals’ secondary is a major question mark for their Week 7 matchup with the Jaguars.