Eifert isn't sure if he'll play during the preseason, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "They just tell me the day before maybe," Eifert said. "I go into practice preparing to play and let them figure that stuff out."
Eifert's injury history ensures the Bengals will take a cautious approach, but they could still make an argument for giving him some snaps in an exhibition to help knock off the rust. He's been cleared for all activities at training camp, albeit with a plan to manage his workload and decrease the likelihood of additional medical issues. He played just two games in 2017 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury Week 4 last year.
Eifert (ankle) won't play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Given Eifert's injury history it's no surprise that the Bengals are inclined to limit his preseason work. The team's primary goal when it comes to the talented, but frequently sidelined tight end, is preparing him to be healthy and available for Week 1 action.
Eifert (ankle) is moving along well in practice, even though the Bengals are taking it slowly with him, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Eifert is doing some of the live in-pads actions of training camp, but the Bengals are making sure he isn't pushing himself too much. "No. 1, it's, 'Let's make sure Tyler is ready to play against Seattle,'" Bengal coach Zac Taylor said. "We know what he can do on tape. The live reps he's gotten so far just running are really good for me to see. This dude can play some ball."
Eifert (ankle) participated in team drills during Saturday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Eifert missed June minicamp while progressing in his recovery from a broken right ankle that limited him to four games in 2018, and now appears to have returned to health. The 28-year-old has yet to play a full 16-game season in his NFL career, and has not surpassed 10 appearances in a season since 2015. Now signed to a one-year, incentive-rich contract, Eifert will work to stay healthy and reestablish himself as a red-zone threat. With A.J. Green (lower leg) having exited Saturday's practice with an injury of uncertain severity, the Bengals could potentially need to rely on Eifert as a primary target in the passing game.
Eifert (ankle) didn't practice at June minicamp, Richard Skinner of WKRC reports.
Eifert mostly was able to participate in the early part of the offseason program, but the Bengals seem intent on a cautious approach working him back into full-team practices. He's working on an incentive-laden, one-year contract for a second straight season, hoping to reestablish himself as the team's top pass catcher at tight end. C.J. Uzomah and rookie second-round pick Drew Sample also are in the mix for snaps, but the pair figures to handle more of the blocking. It's unclear if Eifert will have medical clearance for the start of training camp in late July.
Eifert (ankle) has been close to a full participant during the offseason program, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I'm doing pretty much everything," said Eifert. "There's a couple things here and there but for the most part it's all doing everything with the guys."
Working his way back from October surgery, Eifert signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract in March. He seems ahead of where he was at the same point last offseason when he was rehabbing from the third back surgery of his career. It helps that the latest injury is to a different part of his body, but the Bengals will remain cautiously optimistic given that Eifert has missed 53 games in six NFL seasons. The team re-signed C.J. Uzomah to a three-year, $18.3 million contract, then drafted Drew Sample in the second round. New coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan presumably have plans to use all three tight ends.
Eifert's (ankle) one-year contract with Cincinnati includes a $1.2 million signing bonus and $1 million base salary, along with $1.3 million in per-game roster bonuses and up to $2.5 million in incentives, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The unusual breakdown makes sense: Eifert has played just six games the past two years and 43 total through six NFL seasons. It also makes sense for the Bengals to invest in another option at tight end, with C.J. Uzomah landing a three-year, $18.3 million contract that includes $6.25 million fully guaranteed (per overthecap.com). While history suggests he'll have a tough time staying on the field, Eifert does seem to be on track for some level of involvement in the offseason program, as he resumed jogging by early January and was doing agility work by the end of February. None of that should come as a surprise given that he's now more than five months removed from Sept. 30 ankle surgery with an estimated recovery timeline of 4-to-5 months. Eifert owns career marks of 12.1 yards per catch and 8.4 per target, with 21 touchdowns on 142 receptions -- per-play efficiency has never been the problem.
Eifert (ankle) signed a one-year deal with the Bengals on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Bengals opted to bring two of their three free agent TEs back this offseason, coming to terms with C.J. Uzomah on Monday, followed by a one-year offer to Eifert just five days later. While the former appears to be a larger part of the Bengals future given the three-year, $18 million contract, Eifert's injury history has understandably resulted in a second straight one-year contract. Given the 28-year-old has played in just six games over the course of the past two seasons, it's quite possible Uzomah is the favorite to start the season, particularly if Eifert's rehabilitation from October ankle surgery takes longer than expected.
Eifert (ankle) tweeted a video of himself going through ladder drills Thursday.
The video leaves no doubt Eifert has made significant progress since early January, at which point he was limited to jogging for about 20 minutes at a time. He's now doing lateral movements and agility work, potentially setting the stage for participation in OTAs as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent for the second straight offseason. Eifert's recovery timetable was estimated at 4-to-5 months after he had surgery Sept. 30 to address a broken right ankle he suffered Week 4. The 28-year-old tight end has played 43 games through six NFL seasons, including just six appearances the past two years.
Eifert (ankle) has resumed jogging, doing so for up to 20 minutes at a time, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Since joining the Bengals as a first-round selection in 2013, Eifert has only played in double-digit games twice in six seasons. Serious injuries have been the common denominator, including a broken right ankle that limited him to four appearances in 2018. Eifert enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent for a second straight year, but with a changing of the guard at head coach for the first time since 2003, the Bengals may opt to move on from the 28-year-old tight end. For his career, he's earned 37 red-zone targets and scored 21 touchdowns in 43 games, so bounce-back potential is evident wherever he lands.
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 is expected to require 4-to-5 months of recovery time after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a fractured right ankle, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Bengals haven't formally placed Eifert on injured reserve, but it's expected they'll do so by the end of the week, officially ending his season. The timeline associated with Eifert's injury -- which was similar to the one suffered by the Giants' Odell Beckham last October -- could result in the tight end facing some limitations during OTAs next spring, but the expectation is that Eifert will be back to full strength by the time training camp opens. While Eifert is sidelined for the remainder of 2018, 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.
Eifert secured two of four targets for 23 yards in the Bengals' 34-23 win over the Ravens on Thursday.
Eifert ended up playing on a robust 49 snaps (64 percent), but he was outproduced by position mate C.J. Uzomah despite the latter logging 12 fewer plays overall. Of considerably more importance is the fact that Eifert has made it through the first two games of the season without so much as a nick, as the oft-injured tight end's health is of paramount concern given last season's back surgery. The 28-year-old will look to improve on his current 5-67 line when the Bengals face off with the Panthers in Week 3.
Eifert caught all three of his targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 34-23, Week 1 win over the Colts.
Eifert finished fourth on the team in targets behind A.J. Green (eight), Joe Mixon (seven) and Tyler Boyd (five). The tight end made all the plays asked of him, and his physical style should earn Eifert more red-zone looks moving forward.
Eifert saw action on 14 snaps in Sunday's preseason win over the Bills.
In the process, Eifert caught one of his three targets for 11 yards. Heading into the contest, the tight end's last game was back in mid-September. Back and ankle issues limited Eifert to 10 contests over the past two campaigns, but when healthy, he's shown a knack for doing damage in the red zone, as evidenced by the 13 TDs he racked up in as many games in 2015. Given his injury history and the potential that he may end up on some form of snap count out of the gate, Eifert's value has dipped in drafts and auctions to the point that he could profile as a nice low-cost gamble, despite the high-risk/high-reward tag justifiably attached to him.
Eifert appears on track to make his preseason debut Sunday against the Bills, the Bengals' official site reports.
Per the report, before the team's last two exhibition contests, coach Marvin Lewis designated Tyler Kroft as the starter at tight end in place of Eifert. Such a move was not noted Sunday, supporting the notion that Eifert will see some snaps against Buffalo. Assuming Eifert avoids any setbacks, he is slated to enter the season as the Bengals' top tight end, though given his injury history, some sort of snap-count limitation seems likely.
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