Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver John Ross have been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Cleveland, marking the second week in a row neither will play.
Ross has lingering soreness from the knee injury he suffered in the preseason finale at Indianapolis on Aug. 31, while Eifert is dealing with a back issue that Marvin Lewis said is not related to the offseason surgery he had.
“It’s not the same different issue,” Lewis said. “He’s on the mend.”
Lewis echoed what Eifert said in the spring, that the back will continue to be an issue moving forward.
“I think most guys who’ve had issues with their back, they continue to have issues with their back because they’re playing competitive sports, whether it’s football players, golfers, basketball players,” Lewis said. “You have to learn to hopefully strengthen all the areas around so that you minimize that. There’s going to be some times when it’s not quite right, but most guys are able to get enough relief to get back at it.”
Also ruled out for Sunday is rookie linebacker Jordan Evans (hamstring), while safety Derron Smith (ankle) is doubtful and right guard Trey Hopkins (knee) is questionable. Despite the designation, it’s unlikely Hopkins will play after being listed as limited all week, including during Friday’s light walk-through.
The Browns will be without starting linebacker Jamie Collins (concussion), while four other players are listed as questionable, including No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett (ankle).
The others are defensive tackle Danny Shelton (calf), wide receiver Sammie Coates (hamstring) and tight end Randall Telfer (knee).
The Browns have yet to release their entire injury report, but starting linebacker Jamie Collins already has been ruled out with a concussion.