Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert appeared to be closing in on a return to action recently after offseason ankle surgery kept him out of training camp, the preseason and the first four games of the regular season.
That path to a return has reportedly hit a snag, however. Adam Schefter and Katherine Terrell of ESPN report that Eifert suffered a setback this week that is keeping him from practicing on Wednesday.
Monday’s practice wasn’t open to the media, but Terrell reports that Eifert was “noticeably limping” in the locker room and that would seem to be related to Wednesday’s absence from practice. It would also seem to be reason to think that Eifert has a good chance of missing a fifth game when the Bengals face the Cowboys this weekend.
C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft have been filing in for Eifert at tight end, although they haven’t had the same kind of red zone impact that Eifert had when he was healthy during the 2015 season.