The cornerback suffered a leg injury while preparing for camp, a league source told CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora. The injury could involve a broken bone in his leg, according to the source, with the rookie possibly missing most or all of camp.
Kirkpatrick sent out the following tweet late Tuesday:
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
- Dre Kirkpatrick (@DreKirkSWAG) July 24, 2012
This is a big blow for a Bengals team that expected an instant contribution from the former Alabama standout, selected 17th overall in April's draft. With Bengals cornerback Leon Hall coming off a torn Achilles, Kirkpatrick had an opportunity to start right away.
Missing some or all of training camp obviously changes that equation.