Eifert (back) took part in Monday's padded practice, but he was limited to individual work Tuesday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Eifert doesn't seem to have any limitations in terms of taking contact, but the Bengals have been careful to manage his reps since removing him from the PUP list July 30. While he'll likely be held out for Thursday's preseason opener against Chicago, the 27-year-old tight end seems to be on the right track for Week 1 of the regular season. With Tyler Kroft also on hand at tight end, the Bengals might consider limiting Eifert's snap counts to give him a better shot at staying healthy throughout the year.
Eifert (back) practiced normally with his teammates Friday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
After bypassing the Bengals' practice Thursday in favor of a side session, Eifert made his first full appearance just a day later. It's a clear step forward for the sixth-year tight end, who has a long history of injuries and played just two games last season. Eifert is easily the Bengals' most talented player at his position, but Tyler Kroft also proved to be a capable option last season and could get semi-regular snaps if the Bengals plan to limit Eifert's workload in an effort to keep him healthy throughout the season.
The Bengals are breaking Eifert in slowly, which makes sense given his extensive injury history. It explains why he began training camp on the PUP list, and why he didn't practice Thursday. He's also unlikely to participate in Saturday's scrimmage.
Eifert (back) passed a physical and is expected to practice Monday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Eifert likely will be eased into practice after missing most of the offseason program and the start of training camp while rehabbing from October back surgery. He recently said he has no doubt he'll be ready for Week 1, but the Bengals seem to be taking a more guarded approach, knowing that they need a strong backup plan for the oft-injured tight end. Tyler Kroft proved to be just that last season, though he's a far cry from Eifert in terms of raw athleticism. Participation in full-team contact work will be the next big step for Eifert.
Eifert (back) has no doubt he will be ready for Week 1, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "There is no setback," Eifert said. "I'm feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take.
Eifert denies he ever suffered a setback in his rehab from October back surgery, saying a conservative approach has been the plan all along. Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin sounded less optimistic earlier this week when he said he still isn't sure if Eifert will be a factor for the team. The 27-year-old tight end is on the PUP list, limiting him to individual conditioning work at the start of training camp. Tyler Kroft is presumably getting most of the first-team work at tight end.
|P2||8/18/18||@ DAL||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/18||@ BUF||4:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|