CINCINNATI — The Bengals positioned tight end Tyler Kroft on injured reserve on Friday, ending his season a number of weeks after he broke a bone in his foot towards the Dolphins on Oct. 7.
The rationale behind the delay was the hope that Kroft may finally come again this season if every little thing went proper. However it was clear after Kroft remained in a strolling boot a number of weeks later that issues weren’t progressing as they’d hoped.
Kroft mentioned he met with quite a few medical doctors and specialists to strive to work out an answer but in addition indicated in October that every little thing wanted to go completely to plan for him to give you the chance to come again.
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“It has been bizarre,” Kroft mentioned on Oct. 24. “It began the primary day. We thought one thing was going to occur, and the subsequent day comes round, and we’re … it is evolving each week, truthfully. We’re making an attempt to maintain that in thoughts, and we’re doing every little thing we will to come again this yr and never extend it.”
Kroft stayed within the recreation after his harm occurred regardless of listening to a “pop” that indicated a bone was damaged.
“We knew what had occurred to it and felt like I may push by it and go,” he mentioned.
Kroft is the fourth Bengals tight end to go down following Cethan Carter (shoulder) in coaching camp, Tyler Eifert (damaged ankle) in September and Mason Schreck (knee) in October.
“Coming into the yr we thought we have been a fairly deep place group. It is terrible how snake-bitten we have been this yr,” he mentioned.
The Bengals promoted tight ends Jordan Franks off their apply squad on Oct. 23. and Matt Lengel off the Texans apply squad on Oct. 10. Eifert, who’s out for the season, was nonetheless in a strolling boot and on crutches as of Friday.
Linebacker Brandon Bell was promoted off the apply squad in Kroft’s place due to accidents to Preston Brown, Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil.