CINCINNATI — Tight end Tyler Eifert can’t help but think the Bengals would be scoring more if he were on the field. The way it’s going, that could be in a couple of weeks.
Eifert returned to practice this week, though on a limited basis. He was sidelined for offseason workouts and training camp while recovering from surgery for a torn ligament in his left ankle.
The Bengals (1-1) have struggled close to the goal line, settling for field goals on five of their six trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Last season, Eifert set a club record for a tight end with 13 touchdown catches.
“I like to think they need me back,” Eifert said. “I think they’ve played pretty well these last two weeks, and I just want to get back out there and help.
“It’s easy during the week when you are sitting in meetings and you’re looking at the game plan and you’re not missing much, but once the game starts, all you want to do is be out there. So it’s definitely exciting to take another step in that direction and move closer to getting back out there.”
Eifert partially tore an ankle ligament during the Pro Bowl. He got enough strength and range of motion back to start running pass routes during his workouts last week.
He likely will miss Sunday’s game against Denver (2-0) at Paul Brown Stadium but could return the following Thursday against Miami if there are no problems.