Bengals re-sign Irons to injured reserve

As his family expected, Kenny Irons' time away from the Cincinnati Bengals was short-lived.

The NFL team announced late Monday night the re-signing of Irons, who was waived last Friday because he failed a physical and the Bengals needed his roster spot to reach the 80-player training camp limit. The Dacula grad suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2007 preseason and that injury hasn't healed enough for a return to the practice field.

The Bengals signed Irons, a former All-SEC running back at Auburn, to the season-ending injured reserve list, which means his knee injury will wipe out the entire season for the second time in his two-year NFL career.

A second-round draft pick in 2007, Irons saw his rookie season end just four carries into the preseason when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Aug. 9 opener against Detroit. He hasn't played or practiced with the team since the injury, the first major health problem of his career. Irons' older brother David, a cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, overcame two knee injuries to become an All-SEC cornerback at Auburn.

"Kenny's doing good," David Irons Sr. said last Friday. "He's a little bit behind schedule, but he'll be back. He's a running back. It just takes some time to get that back. David Jr. did it and he came back. Kenny will be back, too."