Wednesday December 23rd, 2015

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is still in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury against the Steelers on Dec. 13 and will not play against the Denver Broncos on Monday, the team said on Saturday.

The Bengals (11–3) have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and are not in desperate need of having one of their top passing targets on the field before the postseason starts.

Rookie Tyler Kroft started in place of Eifert last week, catching three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in a 24–14 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Eifert has career highs in receptions (48), yards (564) and touchdowns (12) this season.

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The Bengals currently have the second-best record in the AFC, behind the New England Patriots (12–2). They are hoping to hold off the Broncos (10–4) for a first-round bye.

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