Eifert still eyeing opener for return

“I’m trying,” Eifert said. “I haven’t run yet. We’re going to run today and see how it feels and go from there. I’m doing everything I can.”

Eifert injured the ankle in the Pro Bowl in January and underwent surgery in late May after it was slow to heal.

He got out of his walking and began doing rehab work on the side field Aug. 4. He said he’s learned through dealing with previous injuries that patience is a key piece of the process.

“You can work as hard as you possibly can and you could be here for 24 straight hours but that’s not going to help it move along faster,” he added. “You just have to trust the process and be patient with it and do what you can to get better.”

In other injury news, tackle Jake Fisher was out of the walking boot he left Ford Field wearing Thursday night after a 30-14 victory against the Lions.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Fisher’s injury a sprained ankle, but Fisher was wearing braces on both his right ankle and right knee in the locker room this morning.

Fisher said he’s optimistic he’ll be ready to play in the opener against the Jets.

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard also appears to be progressing. Dennard was walking around the locker room without a walking boot for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle in practice Aug. 1.

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