Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert says he probably could have re-entered Sunday’s win over St. Louis after suffering a stinger if the game was closer.
Eifert was injured while diving after Giovani Bernard’s fumble at the end of a 45-yard catch and run. Eifert recovered the ball, but appeared to jam his shoulder with St. Louis’ Mark Barron landing on top of him. Eifert was initially called probable to return, but after the Bengals increased their lead to 31-7 with a pick six on next drive, he was held out the rest of the day.
"I’m OK," Eifert said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "There’s protocol with the stinger. I’ve had it before, I’ve dealt with it before. Just want to make sure you get your strength back and feeling back in your arm. Whether I would have come back or not, they just kind of said, ‘All right you’re done, we are not even going to worry about it.’ If I had to come in, probably, but I’ll be fine."
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Eifert recorded his NFL-leading 12th touchdown pass before departing and now has six scores in his last four games.
Tests on Eifert’s neck and shoulder Monday showed no structural damage according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Eifert is officially listed as questionable,but judging by his comments, he’ll be ready to go next Sunday against Cleveland, which he burned for three touchdowns in Week 9.
Tests on Bengals' TE Tyler Eifert’s neck today revealed no structural damage, but his status for Sunday is in question for now, per sources.