Eifert back at practice, status uncertain


Tyler Eifert returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 3, but his status for Sunday’s game against Cleveland is uncertain as he was a limited participant.

The Cincinnati Bengals tight end suffered a back injury leading up to what was expected to be his first game in Week 5, after working back from an ankle injury sustained in the Pro Bowl. He had just moved from the rehab field to team practice Sept. 21 and went through two weeks of practice before the back injury occurred.

Eifert walked through the locker room Wednesday morning without a limp and told reporters, in passing, that he was feeling good. The Bengals have been anxiously awaiting his return with hopes he can help with red zone offense issues that have plagued them during a 2-4 start.

“I hope they don’t have him again when we’re playing them because I know how good he is,” Browns coach and former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday.

Eifert was one of seven on the Bengals’ injury report Wednesday.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict left practice with an ankle injury that coach Marvin Lewis said is not serious, and offensive linemen Clint Boling (shoulder), Russell Bodine (ankle) and Andrew Whitworth (non-injury related) and defensive tackles Pat Sims (neck) and Domata Peko (non-injury related) did not participate.


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