Kroft (knee, ankle) finished the 2016 season with 10 catches for 92 yards on 12 targets in 14 games.
A 2015 third-round selection, Kroft entered his second NFL training camp as the favorite to fill in for an injured Tyler Eifert early in the season. Kroft then suffered a knee injury that cost him most of camp and the entire preseason, allowing C.J. Uzomah to emerge as the top pass-catching tight end in Eifert's absence. Though he technically started 11 games and played 39 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Kroft was never much of a factor in the Cincinnati passing game. He may have to compete with Uzomah for the No. 2 job in training camp.
Kroft (knee/ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens.
Kroft did not make it onto the practice field this week, leaving him with a "doubtful" designation for the regular season finale. With Tyler Eifert (back) on IR, look for C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt to handle the tight end snaps.
Kroft worked on the Bengals' rehab field during the week but didn't take part in any team practices. With the team having nothing to play for Sunday, it seems unlikely they'd ask Kroft to play unless he made great strides in recovery over the weekend. C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt will handle the tight end duties if Kroft is sidelined in Week 17.
Kroft missed last week's game against Houston due to his injuries and is hoping to be back for Cincinnati's season finale. He worked at rehabbing his injury on the side of practice and may see some limited practice time later in the week. His ability to practice on Thursday and Friday will provide a better indication of his status for Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Kroft was held out of practice during the week and the severity of his injuries remain unclear. He hasn't been targeted by quarterback Andy Dalton in over five weeks, but he could have conceivably seen a larger role with Tyler Eifert also sidelined in Week 16. C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt will be left to handle the tight end duties on Saturday for Cincinnati.
|P3||8/27/17||@ WAS||4:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|