You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Teammates, coaches not losing confidence in Kirkpatrick


Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has never been one to sugarcoat anything, so he was as blunt as ever in assessing the performance of second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in Saturday night’s 24-18 loss at Dallas.

But Zimmer also was quick to throw himself in front of the panic button that many fans were racing for after Kirkpatrick missed three tackles, committed two pass-interference penalties and allowed one touchdown against the Cowboys.

“Everybody is all nervous about Kirkpatrick,” Zimmer said. “He got beat up pretty good by Dez Bryant and a couple of the other guys. He’ll be fine. I want him to go out there and compete against guys. This is how you learn. You don’t learn anything by going out and shutting a guy down every time.

“He’s going to have to tackle better than what he did, but he’ll be fine,” Zimmer added. “I’m not worried about him at all.”

Kirkpatrick suffered a head injury in the game, so he was off limits to the media Monday afternoon. But a pair of his teammates echoed Zimmer’s assertion that Kirkpatrick will be fine, citing their experiences as youngsters.

“It’s one of those things you have to learn from,” said seven-year veteran Leon Hall, who recalled his second game as a rookie when he got beat for three touchdowns by the Cleveland Browns in a 51-45 loss.

“Some advice I would give to him is obviously try to forget about it, but realize what you have to do to get through it,” Hall continued. “It may happen again, and you just have to start that process over again. I would assume he was disappointed in how he played, but he’s a confident player. He’s been playing well through camp and in the preseason games. I think he realizes he’s a good player. He just had a bad day.”

Like Kirkpatrick, Hall was a first-round pick, as was Adam Jones.

“I’ve had a day like that,” said Jones, a seven-year veteran. “I told Dre to keep his head up. That wasn’t nearly as (bad) as my first preseason game. Dre has some stuff he has to work on. It’s easy stuff that he can fix. As long as he keeps his head up and thinks about the next play, he’ll be all right.”

Whit and see

Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who has yet to play a snap in the preseason after off-season knee surgery, simply said he is “in the middle of a process” when asked about a timetable for his return.

But head coach Marvin Lewis said he remains confident Whitworth will be on the field when the Bengals open the season Sept. 8 in Chicago.

“I can’t foresee the future, but I don’t have any doubts for it,” Lewis said.

It would seem doubtful that Whitworth will play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Indianapolis, but the eight-year veteran said going eight months without live action will not prevent him from being effective when he returns.

“It’s not a great scenario, but it’s the scenario we’re in,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of football, and the truth is the game I play is more about studying people, knowing the ins and outs and playing technically sound. That’s really the issue.”

Hawk walk

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was walking through the locker room without a cast or the help of the knee scooter he has been using to get around since injuring his left ankle Aug. 1.

Hawkins said he couldn’t speculate on a return date, allowing only that “I have the same goal as I had earlier, which is to get better as soon as possible.”

Despite being ahead of schedule with his rehab, Hawkins still seems to be a likely candidate to go on the injured reserve-recall list, which would shelve him for the first eight games of the season.

Sitting Skelton

Head coach Marvin Lewis said it was part of his plan going into the Dallas game not to play quarterback John Skelton, who is in a battle with Josh Johnson for the backup job to Andy Dalton.

After Dalton played into the third quarter, Johnson seemingly strengthened his grip on the backup job when he finished the game by completing 6 of 13 passes for 65 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“We’ll get John some reps Thursday night, but I like the progress Josh has made throughout camp,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “He gets better with reps, and the more he sees, the more he does. He’s an exciting player.

“People say he didn’t play that well the other night, but he took us to a big touchdown and two-point conversion and made some big throws,” Gruden added. “He had the unfortunate interception, but he got hit as he was throwing. Other than that, I thought he played pretty decently.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds
Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds

Eric Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-7 on Monday night. The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2 pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field...
H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests ‘Creek at Fifth-Third

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests Beavercreek at Fifth-Third Fairborn took on their backyard rival at Fifth-Third field, defeating Beavercreek 5-3. Ryan Proffitt was not only the winning pitcher for Fairborn, but also scored three runs on the night. Will Coleman had a two out, two run double in the top of the fifth inning to put Fairborn...
Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor
Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor

Danny Davis was a star for Springfield’s basketball team from his first game as a freshman in 2013 to his final game last month. Though Davis is Springfield’s all-time leading scorer with 1,774 points, it was made clear at the 40th annual Clark County coaches’ basketball banquet on Monday night at Wittenberg University that what most...
Serena Williams responds to Ilie Nastase's comments on her unborn child
Serena Williams responds to Ilie Nastase's comments on her unborn child

Serena Williams has responded to comments about her unborn child that were made by retired tennis pro Ilie Nastase on Saturday at a news conference ahead of  the Romania Fed Cup playoff against Great Britain, according to ESPN. Nastase, who is the captain of the Romania team, reportedly made a comment in Romanian that was clearly audible to other...
Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field
Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field

No one in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room is more eager to get back to work this season than cornerback William Jackson, the team’s 2016 first-round pick who missed all of his rookie year with a pectoral injury. “I’m itching, I’m itching, I’m ready to get out there now,” Jackson said Monday as the Bengals began...
More Stories