Bengals rookie Jackson III will have surgery, could return

Bengals rookie Jackson III will have surgery, could return


1 photo

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

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.

Lewis said 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.

"We anticipate that he has an opportunity still to play this football season," Lewis said. "Those are the positive parts of it. It's just a matter of how his body heals. He had a little more glide in his stride this morning because he sees some light at the end of the tunnel."

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

"He's doing well," Lewis said. "We're able to do more functional work now, so that will give us a pretty good indication the next three weeks or so, which will be exciting."

Backup Tyler Kroft hyperextended his left knee on Tuesday, but Lewis said he should be ready for the season. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard will miss another week with a sprained ankle. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was cleared to begin practicing on Thursday. He's suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the season for illegal hits.

___

Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast