Tyler Eifert could have season-ending back surgery

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Tight end Tyler Eifert has sat out the last three Bengals games with a back injury and he’s reportedly mulling a course of action that would keep him out for a lot longer.

Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN report that Eifert is currently in Los Angeles meeting with doctors to decide if he should have back surgery. The operation, which would be Eifert’s third, would bring an end to his season.

Eifert has been a productive receiver when healthy, but he’ll end the year having missed 22 games over the last two years and 41 games over the course of his five-year NFL career if he does miss the rest of 2017. That’s made things tough from a planning standpoint for the Bengals and it will leave Eifert without much hope of landing more than a one-year deal when he hits free agency next spring.

Tyler Kroft has stepped into the lead tight end role with Eifert injured and has 14 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.

5 responses to “Tyler Eifert could have season-ending back surgery

  1. Eiffert is a solid tight end but he is way too fragile. he is getting a sizable sum of cash to be on injured reserve half of his career. i say its time to cut the cord and move on with someone more durable and not injury prone. see what the draft has next year.

  2. At this point, he’s someone you plan around not having, rather than the other way around. If we can extend him on the cheap when his contract is up, great. If not, let him walk.

    Shame, because he’s really good when healthy. Seems to be a problem for a lot of these enormous athletic TEs.

  3. I just don’t understand how this guy is this fragile. I seriously believe he just don’t want to play in Cincinnati.

  4. cincy85 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    I just don’t understand how this guy is this fragile. I seriously believe he just don’t want to play in Cincinnati.

    Yeah, he’s going to have a potentially dangerous back surgery because he doesn’t want to play here. And he dislikes the team so much that he’s turning down Gronkowski-like money in free agency for the 1-year prove it deal he’ll end up getting.

  5. Amazing player when he is on the field but even at a position as prone to injury as TE a career availability of 58% just doesn’t cut it. As great as he is Gronkowski’s career availability of 80% was enough to get playing time incentives added to his contract but it definitely prevented a renegotiation.

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