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NFL Week 3 Bengals vs Broncos: Final practice and injury report sees Eifert doubtful

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It's unlikely that Tyler Eifert makes his 2016 season debut on Sunday after being ruled doubtful to play. And once he does return, maybe in Week 4, expect his snap count to be limited.

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The Bengals held their final pre-Broncos practice on Friday, a low-key walk through and as expected, after practice a ruling was made that Tyler Eifert is doubtful for the Week 3 matchup at Paul Brown Stadium. It's safe to say he won't play on Sunday.

"It won't be an iffy proposition. It will be very clear to me," Marvin Lewis said regarding whether Eifert will play via Bengals.com. "I don't know when he can go and feel good about it and that's when he'll play."

Per Geoff Hobson, Lewis said when Eifert returns, he "won't play a full game and is going to play a partial amount of snaps." That sounds similar to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's situation last night as he returned after not playing in Weeks 1 and 2 but was very limited in his snap count and didn't have a catch on the night.

The only two other players listed with injury designations by the Bengals are Darqueze Dennard and Eric Winston, both of whom are questionable to play. Dennard missed Week 1 before making his 2016 debut in Week 2 after a training camp ankle injury. But, Dennard had a hamstring tweak during the game and was limited on Wednesday before getting in a full practice on Thursday and Friday. I'd bet on him playing.

Winston didn't play in Week 2 but sometime between Friday of last week, the most recent time Winston fully practiced, and Wednesday of this week, he injured his back. Winston hasn't played a snap this season, but is the first player off the bench at right tackle and guard. He was limited on Friday after not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday.

For the Broncos, Virgil GreenDonald Stephenson and DeMarcus Ware were all ruled out. The trio are all starters so the Bengals should take advantage of their absences. Wide receiver Bennie Fowler, safety Justin Simmons and linebacker Dekoda Watson are all questionable. Fowler is the Broncos' No. 3 or 4 receiver, Watson is a 3rd string right linebacker and Simmons is the No. 2 free safety, so none of these injuries should majorly impact the Broncos' strength.

BENGALS

INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
TE Tyler Eifert Ankle LP LP LP DOUBTFUL
CB Dre Kirkpatrick Hamstring LP FP FP --
CB Darqueze Dennard Hamstring LP FP FP QUESTIONABLE
WR James Wright Knee LP DNP FP --
DT Pat Sims Heel LP LP FP --
QB Andy Dalton Hip FP FP FP --
OT Andrew Whitworth Not Injury Related DNP -- -- --
WR A.J. Green Not Injury Related DNP -- -- --
TE C.J. Uzomah Ribs DNP FP FP --
OT Eric Winston Back DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE

BRONCOS

INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
TE Virgil Green Calf DNP DNP DNP OUT
ILB Corey Nelson Ankle DNP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
OT Donald Stephenson Calf DNP DNP DNP OUT
OLB DeMarcus Ware Forearm DNP DNP DNP OUT
WR Bennie Fowler Elbow LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
Justin Simmons Hand LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
OLB Dekoda Watson Elbow LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB C.J. Anderson Ribs FP FP FP --
James Ferentz Knee FP FP FP --
TE Jeff Heuerman Ankle FP FP FP --
OL Ty Sambrailo Elbow/Ankle FP FP FP --
WR Demaryius Thomas Hip FP FP FP --
DE Billy Winn Back FP FP FP --


DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

Game Status:

Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% or greater chance a player will play 
(-) = Not Listed - No game status available