CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick finally gets his chance to make his mark in the NFL.
The Bengals are missing their top two cornerbacks, giving the first-round draft pick a chance to become a mainstay on one of the NFL's top defenses. Leon Hall is out with a torn Achilles tendon, and Terence Newman hurt his left knee during a 42-28 win over the Colts on Sunday.
Kirkpatrick knows Ben Roethlisberger will probably target him during their game in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The Bengals (9-4) can clinch the AFC North if they beat the Steelers and second-place Baltimore loses at Detroit on Monday night.
Kirkpatrick has been used primarily on special teams this season, getting in for only 15 percent of the plays on defense.
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