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Bengals believe Tyler Kroft avoided serious injury

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13: Tyler Kroft #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 33-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The Bengals’ stock of tight ends named Tyler took its second hit of the year on Tuesday when Tyler Kroft injured his knee during practice.

Kroft has been the No. 1 tight end in camp with the team already missing Tyler Eifert as he makes his way back from offseason ankle surgery, but the team had to turn to non-Tyler options after Kroft left practice with a knee injury. Eifert’s absence may extend into the regular season, so a long absence for Kroft would likely force the team to look for other options at the position.

The Bengals don’t believe that things will play out that way. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website described the injury as a “jammed knee” and that “indications were that it wasn’t serious.”

The scare may still lead the Bengals to consider an addition to the tight end mix as they’re pretty thin and inexperienced behind Kroft and Ryan Hewitt, who plays H-back but could line up at tight end more often if the Bengals choose to go that route.