This photo made May 29 in Cincinnati. First-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick walks off the field at the end of the NFL football team’s scheduled Organized Team Activity.
(AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to miss up to six weeks with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to an Associated Press report.
Kirkpatrick fractured a bone in his leg, which will cause him to miss training camp. The injury happened during a workout. Kirkpatrick was picked in the first round of this spring’s draft with the 17th pick.
Updated: Kirkpatrick is expected to miss two to four weeks, which means he’ll miss training camp, important for a rookie.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSsports.com, former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has injured his leg and could miss some or all of training camp.
Kirpatrick posted this on his Twitter account (@DreKirkSWAG) this morning: “I’m sorry about my injury and im going to try my best to get back and help the team to get to a Super Bowl and once again I’m sorry #WhoDey.”
As a rookie, Kirkpatrick needs training camp to learn the Bengals’ defense, which is different from what Alabama ran during his time with the Crimson Tide.
The Cleveland Browns signed Alabama running back Trent Richardson late Monday night to a four-year deal worth about $20.4 to $20.5 million, depending on which published report you want to rely upon.
Richardson was the third pick in this past spring’s draft.
Alabama’s three other first-round picks already have signed. Safety Mark Barron was taken with the seventh pick by Tampa Bay, and the Bucs signed him for four years and $14.5 million. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was the 17th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, and he has a four-year, $8.6 million deal.
The New England Patriots took linebacker Dont’a Hightower with the 25th pick and have signed him to a four-year, $7.7 million contract.
If anyone thinks that’s too much money to pay someone to play football, consider this: Actress Kristen Stewart has a contract to receive $12.5 million for each of the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” movies. That’s $12.5 million for Part 1 and $12.5 million more for Part 2, which is coming out soon.
Props go to Gentry Estes, former Daily Alabama beat writer currently with the Mobile Press-Register for making the connection and doing the research on this one.
Turns out, the new NCAA president, Mark Emmert, hired Saban at LSU in 2000 and the two have remained friends.
Check out this link, which I found in Estes’ posting, that details the friendship between Saban and the newly minted most powerful man in college sports.
And now, in the spirit of spring weather, here is your Kige Ramsey video of the day along with a bonus video that our friend Kige posted today.
Stop with the conspiracy theories and conjecture. The rising sophomore running back just pulled a hamstring in Monday’s practice. No threat to his playing status for the season opener, so chill out.
Dre Kirkpatrick was back at practice today after being excused from Monday’s work out due to a death in the family.
Read all the rest tomorrow in print.