ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Monday that tight end Tyler Eifert didn't suffer any structural damage during Cincinnati's 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams. His status for Sunday's game against Cleveland is "questionable."
Tests on Bengals' TE Tyler Eifert’s neck today revealed no structural damage, but his status for Sunday is in question for now, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1, 2015
Reports originally hinted that Eifert suffered his injury while recovering Giovani Bernard's fumble during a 45-yard reception/screen with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter. However, after reviewing the play and those that followed, it appears that he suffered the injury on the next play. After Jeremy Hill generated two yards on the ensuing play, Eifert momentarily stationed himself on the turf while favoring his arm to help him stand before immediately heading to the sidelines where trainers looked at him.
It's possible he suffered the pinched nerve recovering the fumble and decided to come out on the next play. Regardless, the team originally listed Eifert as probable to return, but quickly downgraded his status when the Bengals expanded their 10-point halftime lead into a 31-7 fourth quarter advantage.
According to Coley Harvey, Eifert acknowledged he still is working back the full movement and range of motion in his shoulder and neck.