Tyler Eifert: Injury-prone label “tough” because I couldn’t prevent “pretty freak injuries”

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Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert posted a workout video this week that showed he’s made good progress in his recovery from last year’s broken ankle with the start of free agency drawing closer.

Eifert discussed his recovery and his impending freedom during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Eifert called himself “pretty close” to being ready to go on the field and said that his recovery from this ankle injury has been made easier because he went through it with his other ankle in the past.

Those ankle injuries are part of a long list of injuries that have kept Eifert off the field for large chunks of his career. Eifert knows that will be part of the discussion with teams when the free agent market opens next month.

“Obviously it’s something I have to deal with and something I have to answer to because it is a part of my history,” Eifert said. “It’s tough, though, because there’s nothing I could do to prevent what is happening. Pretty freak injuries.”

Eifert was able to find one bright side to his most recent injury. He’s had three back surgeries and said that the time off due to his ankle injury has left his back feeling as good as it has ever felt, which is good news for Eifert even if it’s unlikely to lead to a lot of guarantees from teams that are aware of how infrequently he’s been able to play.

22 responses to “Tyler Eifert: Injury-prone label “tough” because I couldn’t prevent “pretty freak injuries”

  1. I get it his frustration with freak injuries. But sometimes you get a guy thats snakebit, its hard to say why but they just keep having what appear to be unconnected and unlucky injuries. The problem is that even if its tough and unfair, a team has to look not at the fact there is no reason that can be pointed to for it to keep happening, and just look at the fact it keeps happening. So unfortunately this guy is not going to be able to avoid teams nit being willing to risk as much on him.

  2. I’d really like to see him back in Cincinnati. He’s a good guy and deserves better at the place where he started. Maybe with the new staff in Cincy, Eifert will have new and better mojo, luck, fate or whatever one cares to call it.

  3. What does Eifert think injury prone means? All injuries are accidental for the most part. But when you can’t stay on the field. You are injury prone.
    It’s really simple. Humans aren’t supposed to be that big and fast. And if they are when they fall they break.

  4. I know everyone gets sick of the “perfect for the Pats” comments, but Eifert could be the right guy under the right circumstances if Gronk decides to retire. NE has developed a minor advantage by becoming a place to resuscitate careers on 1 year “prove it” deals.

    Teams win on the margins in the NFL.

  5. I thought The Bengals had a good plan with him last year, use him Goal Line and 3rd downs, rest him the rest of the time. He still wound up hurt, but I think that might be the formula for whoever signs him. Limit his time on the field and you might be able to limit his injuries. Obviously Brady would look good with him there, but I doubt the have the roster space to carry two tight ends that they would really prefer to not use until the post season.

  6. “I know everyone gets sick of the “perfect for the Pats” comments”

    It’s not just the Pats. Every fan thinks players are dying to come to their team on the cheap. As if they themselves would ever work for less on their own job. It’s a weird, but persistent, mind set.

  7. When tight ends run the seam route it is between the linebackers and the safeties, not behind them. The devastating hit is almost inevitable. Look at Gronk.

  8. What does Eifert think injury prone means? All injuries are accidental for the most part. But when you can’t stay on the field. You are injury prone.
    It’s really simple. Humans aren’t supposed to be that big and fast. And if they are when they fall they break.

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    Well there is a difference between a guy who always has a pulled muscle and a guy who just has plain bad luck. I think that is his point. He is in shape, he stretches, does all he can to stay healthy and he just has bad luck.

    I always said that about Chad Pennington. That first hit he took to hurt his shoulder was brutal, not his fault, nothing he could do.

    But to your point, at the end if the day it doesn’t matter why you are not on the field if you are not on the field.

  9. They, the injuries, seem to happen to you. This makes you injury prone. Wait til you get the regular injury that otherwise healthy athletes get. This data has to be considered.

  10. redlikethepig says:

    “I know everyone gets sick of the “perfect for the Pats” comments”

    It’s not just the Pats. Every fan thinks players are dying to come to their team on the cheap. As if they themselves would ever work for less on their own job. It’s a weird, but persistent, mind set

    Agreed, but that’s where NE has developed an advantage. Players, in general, move on after a year and sign lucrative contracts due to the fact that they are used effectively and get plenty of national exposure. A lot of teams can offer that, but NE has the history.

    I assume that’s BBs sales pitch.

  11. It may be the Bengals’ doctors, but every time Eifert has been hurt, the team said he’d be ready for OTAs and then no-show, then he’d be ready for mini-camp (and no-show), and then he’d be ready at start of training camp, end of camp, and would finaly start week two and then get hurt again a few weeks later.

    Last year, in the few games he played he was slow and inflexible and a shell of his former self. I don’t see that improving after his ankle was reconstructed. He is going to play to not get hurt.

  12. The Bengals were a different offense with Eifert on the field because he forces a defense to adjust to his presence. Eifert’s biggest issue from the past was his back which seems to be completely corrected. If you have a chance to sign a game changer at a reasonable price you should take it.

  13. Well the ankle thing really was a random injury that’s part of the game, could have happened to anyone. But 3 back surgeries is a trend, and backs don’t tend to get better with age, but it’s been a couple of years since he had the last one, so maybe it’s behind him.

    A one year prove it deal seems about right to me. He’ll either revive his career and hit free agency again or he’ll get hurt again and probably be done.

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