Two former Alabama All-Americans have had their NFL seasons end one game earlier because of injuries. On Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve, and the Detroit Lions did the same with defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson.
On Sunday, Kirkpatrick suffered a shoulder injury and Robinson sustained a knee injury.
Kirkpatrick will miss the Bengals’ season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He’ll spend his third game on the sidelines in 2018 after he’d missed three games over the previous four seasons. Kirkpatrick missed the Nov. 25 game against the Cleveland Browns with a shoulder injury and the Dec. 9 game against the Los Angeles Chargers with an ankle injury. Kirkpatrick started the Bengals’ other 13 games.
In his seventh NFL season, Kirkpatrick made 41 tackles and broke up nine passes.
Kirkpatrick joined Cincinnati as a first-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft after earning first-team All-American recognition from the Football Writers Association of America for Alabama’s 2011 BCS national-championship team. Before joining the Crimson Tide, Kirkpatrick was a two-time All-State player at Gadsden City and earned the Class 6A Back of the Year Award for the 2008 season.
Robinson also will miss his third game of 2018. An ankle injury sidelined the defensive tackle on Nov. 18 against the Carolina Panthers, and he was a healthy scratch for the Lions’ season-opening game.
After that, Robinson came on to make 48 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack.
A consensus All-American for Alabama’s 2015 CFP national-championship team, Robinson joined Detroit as a second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Lions close their season on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.