The Cincinnati Bengals were hoping to get tight end Tyler Eifert back from injured reserve this season, but that may not happen. Head coach Marvin Lewis told Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer that there is a chance Eifert won't return this year.
Eifert was placed on IR designated for return after dislocating his elbow in the season opener. Now that he's missed eight games, he is eligible to return, but he apparently hasn't healed up enough to make the coaches feel comfortable putting him on the field.
Jermaine Gresham will continue to fill in for Eifert, but Andy Dalton needs all the help he can get right now.
Romo probable in London
It looks as though the Dallas Cowboys will be spared from having to lean on Brandon Weeden again. Tony Romo practiced fully on Friday and has been listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Romo sat out last week with a back injury while Weeden floundered during an ugly loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Romo said it was just a matter of pain tolerance, but there had been speculation that the quarterback would be held out until after the team's Week 11 bye. Instead, he appears ready to go.
Still no Watkins at Bills practice
The reports of Sammy Watkins's clean bill of health are getting less believable with every missed practice. The Buffalo Bills rookie wideout sat out again Friday, the second full day he's been sidelined since leaving Wednesday's session early with a groin injury.
Initial reports said the injury -- an aggravation of an issue that he had been playing through for weeks -- was minor and that Watkins had been cleared to play this weekend. Head coach Douge Marrone refused to confirm that on Thursday.
Of course, this could just be a precaution against Watkins aggravating the injury again. It will probably be Sunday until we know for sure, as the rookie projects as a game-time decision.
JPP questions Giants' heart
Add Jason Pierre-Paul to the list of disgruntled New York Giants unhappy with the team's effort during a 3-5 start. While speaking with the New York Daily News, the defensive end was the latest to call out his teammates for not playing with passion.
"There is a lot of talking going on, but at the end of the day, it is all about heart," Pierre-Paul said. "I can sit here and talk all day to you, but at the end of the day, it is all about that individual and what he's got going on.
"It (heart) is definitely missing out of a lot of guys."
Earlier this week, safety Antrel Rolle questioned his teammates' passion in a radio rant, and defensive end Robert Ayers and linebacker Jameel McClain agreed.
Martellus Bennett questionable vs. Packers
If the Chicago Bears hope to begin their climb out of the NFC North basement, they may have to do so without their starting tight end. Bennett is listed as questionable this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers after missing practice on Friday, according to Pro Football Talk. He's suffering from a rib injury that seems to have been sustained during Thursday practice.
Titans CEO expects to be in 2016 Super Bowl
Sitting at 2-6 halfway through the 2014 season, it's hard to imagine the Tennessee Titans getting to the league championship anytime soon. But team president and CEO Tommy Smith, who is trying to turn the franchise around after taking over this past offseason, thinks the Titans could reach that goal within the next two years.
"I think a realistic expectation is to be in the Super Bowl [after the 2016 season]," Smith told The Tennesseean. "People may be disappointed and say, 'What is Smith talking about 2017 for?' Well, I have to have realistic expectations. If we could win out this year that would be good, if we can get to the playoffs it would be a gift from God. But next year I am counting on getting in the playoffs and the next year I am planning on taking it to the next level, and getting back to the Super Bowl."