Starting tight end Jermaine Gresham was limited in practice Wednesday with a groin injury, but was unable to go Thursday, meaning his participation in today’s session was crucial to him playing Sunday vs the Baltimore Ravens.
But he was unable to go today as the injury continues to linger, and that will likely cause him to miss Sunday’s game, leaving the rookie Tyler Eifert to get his first start as the No. 1 TE:
For the second straight day, Jermaine Gresham isn’t practicing #Bengals
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) November 8, 2013
Gresham has shared reps with Eifert at that position. His absence against the Ravens would likely elevate Eifert into the full-time role for that game. Eifert’s production limited by the presence of the veteran Gresham, and with no other TE to take away targets from Eifert, Sunday could be a career day for the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish product.
The Ravens have allowed touchdowns to opposing tight ends in three of their last four games, so the matchup works in Eifert’s favor. Eifert has 27 receptions for 307 yards through nine games, and has scored just once
Starting middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee) and defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow) were also out today, and neither player is expected to return before the team’s Week 12 Bye Week.