Who Dey notes: Bengals’ Tyler Eifert, John Ross could be out

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CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 3: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 3: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images) /
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The Bengals’ Week 3 showdown with the Packers could be marred by injuries. There’s a chance Tyler Eifert and John Ross will be missing.

When does this nightmare stop? Is there ever going to be an end to the madness that is the Tyler Eifert injury train? As the Bengals approach a must-win game with the Green Bay Packers, news of another Eifert setback is on the horizon. During his Thursday Night Football performance, the Bengals’ tight end looked decent, as he pulled in three receptions for 42 yards. But, he wasn’t featured in the game plan against the Houston Texans. Maybe he was hurting then and gave a heroic effort to play.

Whatever the situation was, Eifert wasn’t spotted on the practice field Thursday. Usually, that’s a sign the player in question is looking like a scratch from the upcoming game. But, there’s a sliver of hope that things look up by Saturday. Yet, with glass man, that’s asking a lot.

Bengals coaches and fans know that Eifert has the ability to get the job done. His 2015 season was a small example of what he can do when healthy. But, that’s the problem. When does he get healthy enough to be a constant offensive threat for the Bengals? If teams are game planning for Eifert and then get Tyler Kroft or CJ Uzomah, what’s the use of even worrying about his presence on the field?  

This: Can They Handle The Pressure?

One of the worst things a player can have is tons of skill and ability, but not be available to get the job done. New OC Bill Lazor would be well advised to plan around Eifert and see what he has in Kroft and Uzomah. Otherwise, he’ll get what fans keep getting from Eifert…more heartache.

Another Ceramic Situation?

So, this is the result of taking John Ross in the draft? In two games, Mr. 422 has one rushing attempt for 12 yards. That doesn’t sound like the offensive dynamo that fans were promised when he became a wideout for the Bengals.

What has been a staple in the headlines is his recurring inability to get on the field. Hmm…that sounds like another player on the Cincinnati roster. Man, that potential is a “potentially hindering” quality to have.

Ross was missing from the practice field on Thursday.

Before we all run out and buy more gasoline for burning down the Mike Brown empire, let’s think about this. There could be a chance Ross is still a bit behind learning the playbook. Meh. Who am I fooling? The kid is having a hard time shaking that injury-prone moniker. At this rate, he’ll have 16 carries and be the Bengals’ third-leading rusher.

Next: Will The Offense Show Up?

There’s a slight chance Ross shows up for work Sunday. But, that’s something Bengals fans are tired of hearing. If the season is going to be salvaged, they need all hands on deck.

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