Eifert (back), who underwent season-ending surgery last week, isn't expected to face any limitations heading into the 2018 campaign, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
With Eifert's doctors indicating the tight end endured no complications during the procedure, he should be in line for a normal offseason as he enters free agency for the first time in his career. Despite the supposed clean bill of health, Eifert's history of back problems -- last week's surgery was his third since entering the NFL -- will likely limit his earning potential even though he's been one of the league's more productive tight ends when he's taken the field. In 39 career games, Eifert has compiled 20 touchdowns while averaging 12.1 yards per reception.
The move comes as no surprise, with Eifert slated to undergo season-ending back surgery. As a result, Tyler Kroft's role as the Bengals' top tight end has been cemented, while the oft-injured Eifert may well have played his last game with the team, as the 27-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season.
Eifert (back) will undergo season-ending back surgery Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After meeting with doctors Wednesday to determine his best course of action to address the back issue that's plagued him since mid-September, Eifert opted for surgery rather than the rest and rehab method. The procedure will sideline Eifert for 4-to-6 months, potentially spelling an end to his time in Cincinnati, as he's set to become a free agent after the season. The absence of Eifert -- who missed 41 out of a possible 80 regular-season games as a member of the Bengals -- will leave the starting role at tight end available for Tyler Kroft the rest of the way. Over the last three weeks while Eifert has sat out, Kroft has hauled in 13 of 16 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Eifert (back) is expected to make a decision on potential season-ending surgery by Thursday, JIm Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Eifert is meeting with doctors in Los Angeles on Wednesday while his teammates get some rest during the Bengals' bye week. Surgery would rule him out for the rest of the season as he prepares to enter free agency in the offseason, but it would presumably give him a good shot to come back at full strength for training camp next year. Eifert said that his current injury isn't related to the disc issue that forced him to have his second back surgery last year. While a third procedure on his back would obviously be worrisome, Eifert ultimately may not have any other choice. Given his contract status, it would make sense to get it out of the way as soon as possible, rather than trying to fight through the injury for the rest of the season. Tyler Kroft has been filling in capably at tight end, catching 13 of 16 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns the past three weeks.
Eifert is in Los Angeles on Wednesday to meet with doctors and determine whether or not he'll undergo season-ending back surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
It would be the third back surgery of Eifert's career, not to mention the major ankle surgery he needed in May. He's played just 39 of a possible 69 regular-season games since entering the NFL as a first-round pick in 2013, but he's been one of the league's more productive tight ends when healthy, scoring 18 touchdowns in 23 games since the beginning of 2015. Set to become a free agent in the offseason, Eifert likely would still be able to secure a sizable contract if he were to have surgery now and recover as expected. Tyler Kroft has been operating as Cincinnati's top tight end while Eifert has been sidelined, catching 13 of 16 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns the past three weeks. Eifert likely will make a decision at some point before the Bengals return from their bye for a Week 7 game against the Steelers.
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