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Bengals activate Tyler Eifert and Ryan Hewitt from PUP lists

Both players have passed their physicals and are cleared to practice at training camp for the first time this year.

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The Bengals finally have Tyler Eifert back and ready to practice.

On Monday, the team announced that Eifert, along with h-back Ryan Hewitt, had passed their physicals and are cleared to practice. Eifert had been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, while Hewitt was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list last Thursday when camp opened.

Eifert signed a one-year contract with the Bengals this offseason to keep him in Cincinnati through the end of the 2018 season. The hope is he can finally stay healthy and get back to his Pro Bowl form, something we haven’t seen since the 2015 season.

Eifert went on Injured/Reserve in October 2017 after playing just two games last season and ended up having back surgery shortly after. He also had knee surgery last year to fix up some lingering issues in his knee.

The preseason opens next week for the Bengals, so hopefully we’ll get to see Eifert back in live game action very soon.

Hewitt, the Bengals’ starting h-back since 2014, has only missed four games in his four-year career. It’s unclear what his issue was, but it must have been minor if he’s already cleared to practice.

The Bengals now have the majority of their offseason 90-man roster able to practice. The only big-name player still awaiting clearance is linebacker Vontaze Burfict. He was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list when camp began due to what’s believed to be a tight hamstring. He’s not expected to remain there much longer.