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Report: Brandon LaFell dealing with torn ligament in hand

New England Patriots v New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets talks with Brandon LaFell #19 of the New England Patriots after their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Patriots with a score of 26 to 20 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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The Bengals could be without wide receiver Brandon LaFell for a spell.

LaFell is not practicing on Tuesday and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that he suffered a torn ligament in his hand and may need to have surgery on it. Per Garafolo, that wouldn’t be a season-ending injury but there’s no word on an expected timeline for LaFell’s absence.

LaFell is currently listed as the starter at wide receiver alongside A.J. Green, but any extended absence would open the door for rookie Tyler Boyd to see a bump in playing time at the start of his NFL career.

With injuries to tight ends Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft creating uncertainty about their availability at the start of the year, Boyd could also be looking at a bump in passes being thrown his way should LaFell not make it back in time for Week One.