Injuries: Bengals could be without top two TE's

Injuries: Bengals could be without top two TE's
December 27, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (right) catches a touchdown pass against Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 30-20.

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The Bengals’ top two tight ends were on Friday’s injury report. Tyler Eifert (neck) was listed as doubtful, while Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) was questionable.

Meanwhile, the Bengals also had several other key injuries. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the NFL’s leading tackler, was questionable (concussion), although Burfict was back on the practice field Friday. Cornerback Terence Newman (knee) and defensive tackler Devon Still (back) are both out for Sunday.

The Ravens could be without defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion), listed as questionable on the injury report. Jones has improved according to coach John Harbaugh, Jones he has not practiced this week and was waiting to be cleared under the NFL concussion protocol. Jones was injured late in the Patriots’ game.

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“We’ll know more this afternoon,” Harbaugh said.

Cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh) was doubtful for the Ravens, while linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), center Gino Gradkowski (knee), running back Ray Rice (thigh), and wide receiver Torrey Smith were all listed as questionable after limited participation in Friday’s practice.

“Not having Jones, who is enjoying his best season, would be a blow to the Ravens’ defensive line. “He’s a guy who just comes to work every day,” Harbaugh said. “He busts his rear to be the best he can be every day. When you accumulate that kind of work ethic, day after day after day for four years, you become something. What he’s become is a very, very good football player who’s playing really well.”