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Unconfirmed Reports Say Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard Is Out For The Year

Ouch! Darqueze Dennard may be done for the season, leaving the Bengals thin at cornerback.

It appears that the Bengals have lost their first player to season-ending injury.

ProFootballTalk.com reported that second-year cornerback Darqueze Dennard is heading to season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The team's official web site is not rejecting the claim.

Dennard was hurt in his first start during Sunday night's road loss at Arizona, but the Bengals have not made an official announcement regarding his status.

Playing for injured starting cornerback Adam Jones (foot), Dennard got hurt while attempting to defend Cardinals wide receiver John Brown on an 18-yard slant pass in the second quarter that went for a touchdown.

ProFootballTalk cited a team source soon after head coach Marvin Lewis said that he had no update on Dennard.

If Dennard is out for the year, the Bengals would be left with two healthy cornerbacks: starter Dre Kirkpatrick and slot man Leon Hall, who may find himself back at his old cornerback position full-time this week. He's been playing primarily safety in nickel packages.

With Hall out of the slot, fourth-round draft pick Josh Shaw was asked to fill the void. Shaw was in on 17 scrimmage snaps Sunday after being in on just four snaps up to that point.

There has been no official word regarding when Jones will return to the field.


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