Uh oh. Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, who was slated to return action on Sunday, did not practice with the team today. Apparently, his absence was not related to his injured ankle but instead is tied to a new malady (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter). The Bengals have since confirmed that Eifert is being evaluated for a back injury. His status for Week 5 (and potentially beyond) is now up in the air.
The former first-round pick missed 15 games in 2014 with an elbow injury and played in 13 games last season. This offseason, he had ankle surgery and his recovery cost him a good chunk of summer practices as well as the first month of the season. The Bengals have been anxiously awaiting Eifert’s return and the impact that he could have in the red zone, so they are keeping their fingers crossed as team doctors examine him.
Through four games, the Bengals are 2-2 with wins over the Jets and Dolphins and losses to the Steelers and Broncos. On Sunday, they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
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