The Bengals made a couple of roster moves Tuesday that are notable for the names involved.
Rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s disappointing season ends with a move to injured-reserve, and the Bengals have claimed former Ohio State wide receiver and Toledo native Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from the Bears.
The Sanzenbacher move was probably made with 2013 in mind, unless there’s another injury to the wide receiving corps about which we don’t yet know. The Bengals’ search for a second wide receiver remains an ongoing one, and a slot receiver like Sanzenbacher will have a chance to be productive in any offense that includes A.J. Green and his ability to stretch the field vertically.
Sanzenbacher dressed for five Bears games this season, his second in the league. He’s generously listed at 5’11, 180 and made the Bears as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He has one catch in 2012 after having 27 as a rookie.
Kirkpatrick missed training camp and the first part of the season with injuries, fell behind and never caught up or got fully healthy. He played in five games and figures to be very much in the plans going forward.
For now, though, the Bengals defense is peaking and Kirkpatrick’s knee is bothering him. Shutting him down for the year probably doesn’t affect anything with this year’s playoff push and allows the 23-year-old Kirkpatrick to focus on the future.