Bengals’ Tyler Eifert out with possible concussion


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is out with a concussion.

When it rains, it pours. The Cincinnati Bengals have already lost quarterback Andy Dalton to a thumb injury, and now it appears their starting tight end may be done for the day as well. Tyler Eifert has left the field and is being examined for a possible concussion.

UPDATE: Eifert is listed as doubtful.

The Bengals (10-2) are trying to lock up a bye week in the playoffs, while delivering a blow to the playoff hopes of a divisional rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5).

Both Dalton and Eifert have been key in the Bengals big season, with Eifert accounting for 522 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in a breakout season for the Notre Dame product.

The team will have to rely on backup quarterback A.J. McCarron to try and get things going now against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game where Pittsburgh has an early 10-0 lead.

Eifert missed all but one game in 2014, while Dalton had a season to forget that year as well. Each player is having one of their best statistical seasons to date and their losses deal a huge blow to their chances of locking up a week off in the post season. If either is gone for an extended time it could be devastating to their hopes of finally getting a playoff win in the Dalton era.