Tyler Eifert had back surgery

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis shared some news about his plans for 2017 on Thursday morning and he also gave an update on the health of one of his players.

Lewis told Alex Marvez and Ross Tucker of Sirius XM NFL Radio that tight end Tyler Eifert had back surgery on Tuesday. Eifert was placed on injured reserve on Monday after missing last Saturday night’s loss to the Texans and there’s no word on what his outlook is for the team’s offseason work.

The season that started with Eifert still recovering from offseason ankle surgery prompted by an injury he suffered during the Pro Bowl. Eifert missed the first six games of the season as a result of that and the development of the back issue that ultimately ended his year. He wound up with 29 catches for 394 yards and five touchdowns in eight games.

Eifert has been a productive piece of the puzzle for the Bengals when he’s been healthy, but injuries have been a consistent issue for him since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2013. He’s under contract for one more year as a result of the Bengals exercising his option, but 27 missed games in four years could impact the team’s desire to talk about anything beyond that until Eifert shows he can stay on the field next year.

8 responses to “Tyler Eifert had back surgery

  1. An elite pass catching tight end but just cannot stay on the field, which will be his ultimate problem for any team signing him to big money

  2. This guy is the same as Jordan Cameron of the Dolphins. Terrific talent but can’t stay on the field, fragile NFL body. Time to move on, Bengals.

  3. “Why are almost all of the good TEs are injury prone? Eifert, Gronkowski, Reed, Graham…”

    Because they are so large, strong and hard to bring down with an arms tackle they tend to take a lot of low hits to the legs and knees.

    It has nothing to do with being “injury prone” its the way the game is played these days. Can’t tackle a guy and he’s hammering your team? Smash him in the knees.

  4. Now if the Bengals could just convince the red-headed QB to have surgery to remove the chicken bone lodged in his throat that he chokes on in big games they may actually win a playoff game one day…..

  5. Why are almost all of the good TEs are injury prone? Eifert, Gronkowski, Reed, Graham…

    Because they get hit more than other tight ends, plus since they are so big and hard to tackle, they get hit harder than a lot of other players.

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