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Bengals Tight End Tyler Eifert Likely Won't Play Sunday In Rematch With Browns

Cincinnati's Tyler Eifert, the NFL's touchdown leader, could be missing in action for Sunday's Battle Of Ohio II against the Browns in Cleveland.

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, the NFL's touchdown leader, is listed as doubtful with a pinched nerve and likely won’t play in Sunday's 1 p.m. Bengals-Browns game, the Battle of Ohio rematch in Cleveland.

Eifert, who has scored 11 touchdowns, did not practice Thursday and Friday. He got hurt while recovering a fumble in the win against St. Louis on Sunday.

Eifert suffered a similar injury, otherwise known as a stinger, as a rookie in the 15th game of the season. As a result, he sat out the AFC North title game in Pittsburgh the next week, then tried to play the Wild Card playoff game the following week vs. the Chargers but was shut down after three plays.

Also listed as doubtful for Sunday's game is backup cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris (ribs), who did not practice all week.

Starting corneback Adam Jones (foot) and slot corner Leon Hall (back) practiced for the first time this week in the Friday walk-through, and are listed as questionable.

Starting safety George Iloka (groin) missed Thursday and Friday practice, and is questionable.

The Bengals have an uptempo workout today, the final practice of the week.

Practice squad players who could be added to the roster include rookie Troy Hill, there all year, and veteran Asa Jackson, signed Monday after playing four games with Baltimore and blocking two kicks. It's a good bet that Jackson gets the call.

Or, both.

Starting corner Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) showed up on Friday’s injury report, and is listed as probable after being limited Friday. He was healthy after the previous game, so he could have suffered an injury in Thursday's practice

Linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Emmanuel Lamur (ankle), both full participants Friday, are probable. So is right tackle Andre Smith.


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