Bengals claim Sanzenbacher off waivers, put Kirkpatrick on IR
The Toledo native Dane Sanzenbacher will be returning to his home state to end the regular season along with the Cincinnati Bengals, after being waived by the Chicago bears on Monday. Dane Sanzenbacher signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent after coming undrafted out of Ohio State in 2011
The 5-11, 180-pound Dane Sanzenbacher appeared in all 16 games (including one start) for the Chicago Bears last season, finishing with 27 receptions for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Although Dane Sanzenbacher stayed with the Chicago Bears through all 15 games this season, he totaled just one reception for seven yards after remaining inactive over 10 games. The 2012 campaign was particularly hard on Dane Sanzenbacher, who lost playing time and his role as quarterback Jay Cutler’s primary target, after the Chicago Bears added depth at receivers.
The situation escalated to Dane Sanzenbacher losing his roster spot after being waived and with the season finale against coming up on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. But it all seemed workout for the second-year pro Dane Sanzenbacher who is guaranteed a playoffs trip with the Cincinnati Bengals, who hold a AFC wildcard spot in the post season.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati Bengals’ 17th overall pick Dre Kirkpatrick’s season ended on disappointment after battling through injuries in his 2012 campaign. Dre Kirkpatrick missed the entire training camp due to knee issues and remained sidelined through the first seven games of the season. The rookie’s short-lived comeback only lasted five games after Dre Kirkpatrick suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati Bengals’ 20-13 win over the San Diego Chargers on 2nd December.
Since then Dre Kirkpatrick has remained inactive, practicing only twice over three weeks. While Dre Kirkpatrick missed the first two games as an aftermath of the concussion, he missed the last Sunday’s game due to return of the knee injury. Moreover, the Cincinnati Bengals cited Dre Kirkpatrick’s retirement to the injured reserve in their injury reserve due to knee-related issues.
Dre Kirkpatrick finished with two tackles on defense and two on special teams, and appeared a bit frustrated over his limited playing time due to injuries this season.
"Everything happening to me this year is just killing me inside," Dre Kirkpatrick said last week. "I’m just trying to hide it and deal with it on my own terms."
However, the good news is even if Dre Kirkpatrick’s knee injury turns out to be a big issue, he has plenty of time to recover from a potential surgery, surely putting the Crimson Tide player back on track for the start of next season.
As for the Cincinnati Bengals, after signing Dane Sanzenbacher, they’re back to the full stock of six receivers with rookie Mohamed Sanu still on the injured reserve, and after playing the last two games with only five available receivers.