Bengals Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert will miss another game Sunday when the Bengals play at Dallas, this one due to a back injury and not the ankle surgery from which Eifert has been rehabbing.
Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis was vague with reporters Friday when discussing the injury, essentially saying that back injuries bother different players in different ways — and on some days more than others.
“It’s flexibility,” Lewis said. “I don’t think it’s pain tolerance. We just want him to be able to execute and do his job.”
Lewis didn’t sound like he was concerned this injury, which came to light when the Bengals released their Wednesday injury report, will be something that keeps Eifert out for an extended period. But Lewis again said that he’s not sure how Eifert’s back will respond when the Bengals get back to the practice field next week. As long as Eifert is sore, it sounds like the Bengals will play it safe.
“He has to practice and be confident and comfortable with everything [before he returns],” Lewis said. “Any player returning from injury, that is the most important thing. When he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go.”
Lewis did defend Eifert against the thought that he’s injury prone, saying he’s had “a run of bad luck” with the back injury and the ankle injury, which stemmed from last year’s Pro Bowl.
“Unfortunately he’s had a run of injuries,” Lewis said. “But he will overcome them.”