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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert expects to play Sunday

After missing the final three preseason games with a shoulder injury, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is expecting to play this Sunday. He was a full participant on Wednesday.

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If Marvin Lewis' world is simplified into any preexisting definition, it's conservation. Instead of running Oklahoma drills in July, we'll completely not do Oklahoma drills at all. It was the weather, someone loyally explained. Fine. Either way, where Cincinnati was faced with multiple paths, the Bengals often picked the least dangerous one. Keep 'em healthy for week one, Lewis says. It's a fine philosophy. This is 2014 afterall... no longer a world ruled by Bear Bryant.

Case in point... Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert.

After playing against the Kansas City Chiefs, Eifert started dealing with a shoulder issue. Neither the team, nor the player, were particularly concerned about it but elected to hold station in the following three preseason games as a precaution.

Now that we've entered our regular season routine, precautions have ended and Eifert is practicing again.

"I'm good, I'm 100 percent," said Eifert via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I spent the last couple of weeks rehabbing and I feel good. Obviously I would have liked to have had those reps during practice, but I think I did a good job taking notes and getting my mental reps."

Eifert said that he'll be ready this Sunday.