The Cincinnati Bengals promoted defensive tackle Devon Still from the practice squad Wednesday morning and placed tight end Tyler Eifert on Injured Reserve-Return.
Eifert injured his right elbow in the first quarter of Sunday’s 23-16 win at Baltimore. By going on IR-Return, he is can begin practicing again in six weeks and is eligible to play in eight, which means the first game he can play in will be the Thursday night contest against Cleveland on Nov. 6.
Still’s return to the 53-man roster comes a little more than two weeks after he was cut and then re-signed to the practice squad because he admitted he couldn’t focus fully on football while his 4-year-old daughter Leah is battling cancer.
“We think Devon is ready to rejoin our line rotation and be productive,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “It already was stated that a big reason Devon opened on the practice squad was that he couldn’t fully focus on football this preseason. He had to take care of his daughter. But Devon has told us he feels ready to contribute now, so it’s the right move at the right time. And we’ve told Devon he can still be afforded the personal time he needs to attend to his daughter’s care.”
The Bengals also re-signed cornerback Onterio McCalebb to the practice squad Wednesday. McCalebb was promoted from the practice squad Saturday and made his NFL debut Sunday in Baltimore with first-round pick Darqueze Dennard still recovering from a hip injury.
The team rounded out it’s 10-man practice squad with the addition of tight end Ryan Otten, a first-year player from San Jose State who was on the San Diego practice squad last year but was cut by the Chargers last month.
Another move is expected soon as the active roster currenlty has 52 players, one below the limit.