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Many Bengals sidelined or missing during Tuesday’s OTA

Several Bengals were limited or absent during the latest round of OTAs, including Tyler Eifert.

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

As the Cincinnati Bengals continue OTAs, several players are sitting out due to various injuries.

The most notable name not to practice so far is Tyler Eifert. The star tight end was not present Tuesday while recovering from back surgery.

Eifert has previously attended OTAs and worked out on the rehab field this offseason, but he was not in attendance on Tuesday. It’s not a big deal since these are voluntary, and the limited work he gets on the rehab field can be done anywhere.

It will be interesting to see if Eifert is at all able to take part in mandatory minicamp next week. That’s when every player should be in attendance, even the ones who will be doing light work on the rehab field.

Veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims was also not present Tuesday, though it’s unclear why.

Sims may have an injury, illness, or simply isn’t showing up to a voluntary workout. He’s fighting for a starting gig next to Geno Atkins, but he also is fighting for a roster spot now that the Bengals have Andrew Billings, Ryan Glasgow, Brandon Thompson and David Dean at defensive tackle.

One player who was in attendance on Tuesday is Giovani Bernard. The veteran running back continues to work his way back from an ACL tear suffered midway through the 2016 season. Just seeing him consistently working on the rehab field during OTAs is great to see. His rehab progress has reportedly been great, so it’s possible he’s able to return at some point during training camp or the preseason.

Even if Bernard is healthy enough to practice, there’s still a chance the Bengals hold him back and keep him on PUP to open the season. That will give him the maximum amount of time to rehab the injury and ensure he’s as healthy as possible whenever he returns.

Rookie defensive back Brandon Wilson continues to get work on the rehab field. He did so last week before getting some on-field work in, so whatever he’s dealing with doesn’t appear to be too serious. His injury is currently unknown.

Another player who got some work in on both the rehab and practice fields is backup center T.J. Johnson, who went through individual drills but sat out for team drills.

Johnson likely has his roster spot locked up as a backup center and guard. With him out, guys like Alex Redmond, Christian Westerman and Trey Hopkins will get more chances to showcase themselves.

Rookie tight end Cethan Carter continues to work on the rehab field after working there last week. Carter is an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska facing tough odds just to make the practice squad.

Additionally, rookie wide receiver Josh Malone was limited Tuesday with an unknown injury.

Malone has been flashing during offseason workouts, so hopefully this is nothing serious for the fourth-round pick out of Tennessee.

Another rookie sidelined with an unknown injury is Carl Lawson. The fourth-round pick out of Auburn has also shined in offseason workouts thus far. He’s expected to contribute as a pass-rusher for a team that needed an upgrade there badly.

On a positive note, Dre Kirkpatrick was limited on Tuesday after being sidelined entirely for all prior OTAs. Additionally, Andre Smith returned after missing last week with an illness.

We’ll update this post if more injury updates become available.