Bengals’ center Kyle Cook left last week’s preseason game with a foot injury and, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, he saw a foot specialist on Monday “indications are” he’ll miss a “large amount of time.” In response to this, the Bengals brought in Jeff Faine, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in for a visit this week as their 2nd string center is Reggie Stephens, a 2010 7th round pick who has never played a snap in the NFL.
Cook had a down year last season after signing a 4 year, 14 million dollar extension last offseason, but he was ProFootballFocus’ 10th rated center in 2011 and he’s overall had a solid career. He’ll definitely be missed, especially if the replacement is Jeff Faine. Faine was released by the Buccaneers in March and tellingly hasn’t made a single other visit this offseason.
Faine is heading into his age 31 season and was ProFootballFocus’ 31st ranked center out of 35 last season, especially struggling as a run blocker. The Bengals have also lost left guard T