Bengals TE Eifert reportedly considering another back surgery, which would end season
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert hasn't practiced since playing in the team's Sept. 14 game against the Houston and re-aggravating his surgically-repaired back so it's not surprising that a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Field Yates on Wednesday says Eifert is in Los Angeles contemplating back surgery again.
Eifert has rarely even been seen in the locker room since that game against Houston and hasn't done anything on the rehab field either.
He played in each of the first two games this season and participated in 83 percent of the offensive snaps, but had just four receptions for 46 yards, including three for 42 against Houston.
There was no report during the Houston game that he was injured.
Eifert, who has had a myriad of injuries during his career, said prior to training camp beginning that he felt 100 percent, and the only other time he felt as good physically heading into training camp was 2015. All he did that season was set a single-season team record for touchdown receptions by a tight end (13) and earn a spot in the Pro Bowl.
He unfortunately hurt his ankle badly enough in the Pro Bowl that it led to him having surgery in May of 2016, which prevented him from participating in training camp last year. He didn't participate in the first two games of the regular season either, then hurt his back when he returned to practice on Sept. 21. Eifert proceeded to miss the next four games before playing in the next eight games and shutting it down for the final two games to have the back surgery.
He also had surgery in 2014 to repair a dislocated elbow suffered in the first quarter of the opening game and then to clean up a shoulder injury after it was deemed he wouldn't be able to return.
Tyler Kroft has played well of late in place of Eifert, recording 13 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games combined.