Irons out for season with torn ACL
Dacula grad injured in preseason game vs. Detroit

The bad luck of Gwinnett products going to the Cincinnati Bengals continued Thursday night.

Dacula grad Kenny Irons injured his knee Thursday in a preseason game at Detroit, and the worst news came Friday when an MRI revealed that the Bengal rookie running back has a torn anterior cruciate ligament that will put him out for the season.

The second-round pick had four carries for 17 yards, including an 11-yarder, and was injured on his fourth carry of the game. He hobbled off the field and then was carted to the locker room.

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis said Irons is expected to recover fully by next spring. Lewis and the Bengals suffered another, albeit more severe, injury to a Gwinnett prospect last September when Shiloh grad Davey Pollack broke his neck. Pollack also is out for this season and the injury may end his career.

The Bengals' Web site also discusses the club's bad luck with running backs, dating back to Ickey Woods' 1989 knee injury. In 1995, first-round pick Ki-Jana Carter tore his ACL on the third carry of his career.

Irons, a two-time All-SEC selection at Auburn, was doing well in Bengal practices and had 64 yards on 10 carries in a recent intrasquad scrimmage. The team hoped Irons' speed would be a nice pairing with the powerful style of starter Rudi Johnson, also an Auburn product.

Irons had played his career mostly injury free, although his older brother David, a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons, suffered a torn ACL twice during his college career.