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Marvin Lewis on Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham: "Should be ready" next week

The Bengals have a sudden lack of tight ends with injuries sustained to... everyone. Eifert and Gresham, who didn't play against the Ravens Sunday, should be ready for the playoffs, according to Lewis.

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When Alex Smith crawled painfully to the sidelines with what's now being described as a dislocated wrist, the fear was that Cincinnati has lost all of their tight ends -- with the exception being Orson Charles, who was favored by the coaching staff over fan-favorite fullback John Conner.

After the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told Dave Lapham with 700 WLW that Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham "should be ready to go next week." Eifert and Gresham didn't play on Sunday. Eifert is still recovering from a neck injury against the Minnesota Vikings and Gresham is dealing with a hamstring that kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday.

As for Alex Smith, he might be gone for the season based on the general reaction from coaches. Marvin Lewis admitted that "they probably lost" Smith, who reportedly suffered a dislocation of the wrist. Dislocations are graded worse than a Grade 3 sprain, which is defined as having ligaments completely torn off the bone. In other words, he's probably done.

In other news, Charles caught his first pass of the season against the Ravens.