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Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert, TE (shoulder, neck)
Tyler Eifert suffered a stinger late last month, and according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he resumed practicing on Thursday.
A stinger occurs when a hit to the side of the head sharply bends the neck to one side. The motion stretches and stuns the brachial plexus—a large group of nerves that control sensation and motion in the arm and shoulder—leading to symptoms such as numbness and weakness.
Stingers usually fully recover—eventually. The exact timetable depends on factors such as the extent of symptoms and the number of stingers a player has suffered in the past.
A return to practice implies Eifert's symptoms are resolving. Hopefully, he does not sustain any more significant hits to the upper body that whip his neck to one side.
A.J. Green, WR (knee, rest)
The official Bengals injury report listed wide receiver A.J. Green as a nonparticipant on Wednesday with a knee injury. He returned on Thursday in a limited fashion, and according to Bengals insider Geoff Dobson, he should play on Sunday.
For now, the assumption that Marvin Lewis' squad is merely resting its superstar is a safe one.
Jermaine Gresham, TE (hamstring)
Jermaine Gresham missed Week 17's game with a strained hamstring that he suffered in Week 16. Fortunately, per the Enquirer's Reedy, he returned to practice this week, albeit with limited repetitions.
The fact that Gresham is already approaching a return seems to imply his injury is only a Grade 1 strain—or an over-stretched muscle with microscopic tearing but no muscle disruption. Grade 1 injuries usually constitute a week-to-week evaluation and rehab process, whereas Grade 2 strains or worse almost always lead to a multiple-week stint on the sidelines.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees with hamstring strains. A player uses the muscle group with every single step, and re-injury is common.
In other words, even if Gresham starts on Sunday, he remains at a relatively high risk of not finishing all four quarters.
Others (via the Bengals' official injury report)
- Anthony Collins, T (ankle)
- Kyle Cook, C (foot)
- Chris Crocker, S (knee)
- Wallace Gilberry, DL (concussion)
- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB (illness)
- Terence Newman, CB (knee)
- Vincent Rey, LB (ankle)
- Andre Smith, T (ankle)
- Andrew Whitworth, G (ankle)