The Cincinnati Bengals may be down their top-2 tight ends this Sunday vs. the Baltimore Ravens after neither practiced today, marking the third-straight missed practice for rookie Tyler Eifert and the second-straight for Jermaine Gresham after being limited in Tuesday’s practice:
#Bengals were still without tight ends Tyler Eifert & Jermaine Gresham during open portion of practice. Devon Still, Terence Newman also out
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 27, 2013
Eifert is likely out after being unable to practice this entire week. Marvin Lewis rarely lets players who miss the entire week play that Sunday, and he’s unlikely to make an exception for a rookie.
The veteran Gresham may be able to play after being limited in the first practice this week. It looks like he came into the week with a sore hamstring, and the team may have decided to give him the past two practices off to help it heal faster.
Whether that’s enough for him to play Sunday remains to be seen. If Eifert ans Gresham were to both miss Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens, that would leave Orson Charles and Alex Smith as the starting TEs.
Then there’s starting cornerback Terence Newman, who’s dealing with an MCL sprain. The original injury knocked him out for two games already, and if he were to play Sunday and re-injure it, it would be at least another two weeks until he returned.
He’s likely out for Sunday as well.
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