Bengals rookie Jackson III will have surgery, could return

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals rookie cornerback William Jackson III will have surgery for a torn muscle in his chest but could return at some point during the season.

Coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday that Jackson will need surgery to reattach the pectoral muscle injured during practice this week. The first-round draft pick was expected to play on special teams and get limited time as a reserve cornerback.

Tight end Tyler Eifert had his surgically repaired left ankle out of a protective boot. He had surgery two months ago for a torn ligament. It's possible he'll miss the start of the season.

Backup Tyler Kroft hyperextended his left knee on Tuesday, but Lewis said he should be ready for the season.


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