The Bengals placed Eifert (ankle) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The transaction was inevitable after Eifert underwent season-ending surgery Monday to address a broken right ankle. The injury is expected to sideline Eifert for 4-to-5 months, suggesting the impending free agent may not be back to full strength by the time teams begin OTAs. While Eifert is out, the Bengals are expected to proceed with C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft as their primary options at tight end.
Eifert suffered a broken right ankle in Sunday's 37-36 win over the Falcons and will require season-ending surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After missing significant chunks of the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to back problems, it appears Eifert's 2018 campaign will end after just four games due to the gruesome injury. He'll likely be placed on injured reserve within the next few days, with the tight end finishing the season with 15 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown. His absence sets the stage for Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah to handle the Bengals' tight-end duties for the rest of the season, though it's possible the team will add another number to the position via trade or through a signing. Eifert, meanwhile, will become a free agent during the upcoming offseason and could face a cool market with injuries limiting him to just 14 regular-season outings over the past three years.
Eifert's right ankle injury from the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Falcons appears to be a season-ending issue, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Replays of Eifert's gruesome injury leave little doubt that the hard-luck tight end will likely miss extended time. Injured reserve is a distinct possibility for Eifert, with Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah now slated to handle the Bengals' tight end duties in the coming weeks.
Eifert suffered a leg injury Sunday against the Falcons, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Per Terrell, the oft-injured pass-catcher's leg looks broken. Assuming that's the case, he'll be in for an extended absence, with Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah next up for the team's tight end looks.
Eifert caught six of eight targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Carolina. Eifert had just five catches for 67 yards combined over the first two weeks, so this was a welcome step in the right direction. Top pass catcher A.J. Green left this contest with a groin injury in the third quarter, which could result in a nice bump in volume for Eifert if Green can't go next week in Atlanta.
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