Eifert has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Emerging from Sunday's Pro Bowl with a walking boot on his left foot, Eifert cleared an initial X-ray, and additional tests upon returning to Cincinnati revealed the nature of the injury. With a spell of rest, expect the tight end to participate in the entire offseason program.
Eifert injured his lower left leg during Sunday's Pro Bowl, leaving Aloha Stadium in a walking boot, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "I don't really know what happened," Eifert said. "I jammed my heel. I'll be good." After recording his first Pro Bowl catch in the fourth quarter, Eifert was targeted on the very next play by Jameis Winston but was unable to corral a potential 35-yard touchdown. Eifert exhibited an evident limp as he went to the sideline, where his foot was iced until he was transported to the locker room in the waning minutes in order to undergo an X-ray. The initial exam was returned negative, but he'll have additional tests performed once he returns to Cincinnati to determine the extent of the injury.
Eifert secured five of eight targets for 58 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. The third-year tight end was A.J. McCarron's second most productive target on the night, and could have had an even bigger stat line had he not mishandled a first-quarter pass over the middle that would have netted at least 15 yards. The 25-year-old nevertheless enjoyed an outstanding season, delivering on the promise that led to his first-round selection in the 2013 draft. The Notre Dame product tallied a remarkable 13 touchdowns in 13 games during this past season, while setting new career highs in receptions, reception yardage and touchdown catches. Only heading into his fourth season in 2016, Eifert should be primed for his most productive campaign yet provided his health remains intact.
Eifert caught all four of his targets for 51 yards and a touchdown, his 13th of the season, Sunday against the Ravens. Eifert's 13 touchdowns this season were the most by a tight end in the league, though he may finish outside the top-10 in receiving yards, finishing the regular season with just 615. Eifert did not play in Weeks 15 and 16 due to a concussion, but otherwise he scored four touchdowns in his last four games.
Eifert (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens. After missing the last two games, Eifert has cleared the concussion protocol and will be hoping to add to his 12 touchdowns in the final game of the regular season.
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