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Cardinals’ Christian Kirk out vs. Bengals

Christian Kirk, Cardinals, Bengals

The Arizona Cardinals will be without wide receiver Christian Kirk for Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Kirk injured his ankle in the waning moments of the Redbirds’ 27-10 Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Kirk caught four passes (out of five targets) for 37 yards before sustaining the injury. Though the Cardinals are yet to release information on the injury, indications point to him avoiding the worst.

He’s come quite a ways,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Friday, via ArizonaSports.com. “I think, like I talked about, it looked really bad on Sunday and we kind of expected the worst. But he’s come a long way in a short time. So I’m hopeful it will be sooner rather than later.”

Though Kirk avoided disaster, the Cardinals are thin at wide receiver following the injury. With fellow wide receiver Damiere Byrd questionable (hamstring), there is a possibility Arizona enters Sunday with five wide receivers; less than ideal for a team that employs four-wide often.

To combat the loss of Kirk, the Cardinals resigned Pharaoh Cooper, who they dropped on cut-down day. Cooper is known for his special teams proficiency and lacks history playing wide receiver on a consistent basis.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Andy Isabella (rookie), KeeSean Johnson (rookie) and Trent Sherfield are healthy for Sunday’s bout.

Kirk, a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has hauled in 37 receptions for 242 yards and no touchdowns. As a rookie, the former Texas A&M Aggie caught 43 passes for 590 yards and three touchdowns before his season ended on the injured reserve.