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Eifert misses Bengals practice session

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) leaps over Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) an dinside linebacker Zach Orr (54) to pull in a pass during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CINCINNATI (AP/WKRC) - Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was in the locker room but didn't participate in the afternoon practice on the first day of mandatory minicamp.

Head coach Marvin Lewis declined to say why the often-injured tight end wasn't on the field. "He was here all morning and then all of a sudden he wasn't," Lewis said. "I'm sure he's being dealt with in some kind of medical fashion. That's the only reason a guy wouldn't be here."

Eifert was limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems. He signed a one-year deal after the season. Lewis said Eifert has been doing well so far in his latest comeback.

"When we start to play football, then we'll have an idea where he is," Lewis said.

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