Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Uncertain for start of training camp

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Eifert (back) hasn't suffered any setbacks, but the tight end's availability for the start of training camp remains uncertain, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports. "When [the doctors and trainers] tell him or release him to do what we can do, then he'll be ready to go," Lewis said Wednesday, when asked about Eifert's status. "The main thing is for him to stay up with everything mentally and when he can get the reps he can get that he was getting before when there wasn't defense over there it was good. There's no reason to get him jostled around right now until the time comes."

Eifert was limited at OTAs in May and isn't participating in the team's mandatory minicamp. While Lewis didn't necessarily put concerns about Eifert's health to rest Wednesday, he did make it sound as if the Bengals were simply being cautious with their top tight end, who isn't believed to have aggravated the back injury that cost him most of 2017. All indications are that Eifert is still progressing as expected, but his status for camp may not be fleshed out until later in the summer.

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