Good chance Bengals won’t have Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham vs. Ravens


Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) is tackled by a Green Bay Packers player (behind) after making a catch during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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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