Tyler Eifert’s 2017 season is over, but he’s far from the only injury that the Cincinnati Bengals are dealing with.
Late last week, the Bengals announced that Eifert was placed on injured reserve, as he elected to have a back surgery that would require him to end his season. Luckily for the Bengals, Tyler Kroft has been playing well in his absence and while not the threat that No. 85 is in the passing game, he’s more than enough to still get production from the position.
Starting cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones were both forced to leave the Buffalo game due to injuries. It was first believed to only be back spasms for Jones before he revealed that it was ‘more than spasms.’
It seems like father time might be finally catching up to the longtime Bengal, though he can still be a key part of this defense, especially against a Steelers team loaded with talented pass-catchers.
Jake Fisher was limited in practice prior to facing the Bills due to a back injury, which led to him sharing snaps at tackle as was he wasn’t 100 percent. Elsewhere on the offensive line, Trey Hopkins is slowly working back into the lineup after his disappointing injury during the Week 1 loss to the Ravens. With Hopkins fighting back from injury, we should expect little to none of TJ Johnson at right guard against the Steelers, which is great news for this struggling offensive line.
Rookie wide receiver John Ross still needs time to practice and work his way back from his knee injury, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Ross’ injury is still not completely healed, and being so young, he’ll need plenty of practice in addition to recovery.
Tyler Boyd suffered a nasty-looking knee injury against the Bills that will likely keep him out for a few weeks, but we’ll know more when the Bengals release their next injury report.