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Kenny Irons: Out For Season

Posted by Matt on August 10, 2007

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An MRI on Cincinnati Bengals running back Kenny Irons’ left knee last night revealed a tear on his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), an injury that will force the Second Round draftee out of Auburn to sit out for the entire 2007 season. All reports indicate that Irons will be available for Spring practice in 2008 when the team opens mini-camps.

Irons’ injury is similar to ones suffered by Ickey Woods in 1989 and Ki-Jana Carter in 1995 in a preseason game against none other than the Detroit Lions. The injury-plagued bad luck for the Bengals has also seen its way to fourth-year running back, Chris Perry, who was a First Round draftee out of Michigan and has had just one full season, 2005, in his first three inured years. Perry will start this season, just like last season, on the Physically Unable To Perform list that will see him miss the first six weeks of the Regular Season.

The “Bad-luck Bengals” continue and Irons will be unable to fill the position the organization once hoped would go to Chris Perry, who has since been a bust, and this was the main reason the organization drafted Kenny.

My Take: Rudi Johnson is a workhorse and can pick up some of the slack that may have been left behind by Irons’ injury. I also feel Kenny Watson is a decent 3rd Down-back, and felt that way when I questioned the use of a Second Round selection on Irons, or any other running back; I have also seen Quincy Wilson show some promise in the limited action that he has seen.

The problem is not losing Irons, is losing WHAT THE COULD HAVE HAD, DEFENSIVELY, IN THE THIRD ROUND. As “Charlie Hustle” always calls it, the Bengals “swiss cheese” defense needs repair and we did not need a running back and a quarterback in the first four rounds. Now that Irons is out, I am going to sift through all of the defensive players the Bengals COULD’VE had in lieu of Irons and see how well they do this season.

The overall impact of any position player that could have been drafted in Irons’ slot will be missed with his season-ending ACL tear, I feel the Bengals have enough weapons in the running back position, especially when Chris Perry returns mid-season, to worry about the loss of a running back in Irons too much. Thoughts go out to the rookie, however, as I know it has to be frustrating…here is to a speedy recovery for Kenny.

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