Tyler Eifert headed to injured reserve-return after elbow injury

AP

Anyone who saw Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert dislocate his elbow live or on tape during last Sunday’s win over the Ravens could have guessed that he’d be out of the lineup for at least a little while.

Given how nasty the injury looked, they probably would have guessed that the absence would extend beyond a week or two. Those guesses are correct.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is placing Eifert on injured reserve with the designation to return. That means he’ll miss the next eight weeks and will be eligible to return for the team’s Week 10 game against the Browns. Eifert, a first-round pick in 2013, had three catches for 37 yards before his injury.

The injury should leave Jermaine Gresham with the lion’s share of work at tight end for the Bengals over the next two months. Alex Smith and Ryan Hewitt are the other options on the 53-man roster and Kevin Greene is on the practice squad.