Report | Bengals TE Tyler Eifert may need season-ending surgery

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert practices before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
AP Photo/Frank Victores

[UPDATE]: Tyler Eifert has since opted to undergo season-ending back surgery, per Mike Garofolo of NFL Network

After undergoing back surgery in December, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert entered the final year of his contract hoping to prove that he could get through a full season without a major injury. Thanks to another back injury, one that is unrelated to the issue that was addressed via surgery in January, Eifert has missed the Bengals’ last three games.

And according to a report, Eifert is considering a decision that would rule him out for the remainder of the 2017 season.

On Wednesday it was reported by ESPN that Eifert is in Los Angeles receiving another opinion on his back injury, and is considering the possibility of undergoing back surgery for the third time in his NFL career. Undergoing surgery would end Eifert’s 2017 season and put him in a tenuous position with regards to free agency come March.

After making 15 starts as a rookie in 2013, the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame has reached double figures in games played in a season just once since. In 2014, Tyler Eifert was placed on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated elbow in the Bengals’ season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Eifert would bounce back the following season, appearing in 13 games and catching 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Eifert was a Pro Bowl selection that season, but an ankle injury suffered during the exhibition would ultimately limit him to eight games in 2016. Eifert caught 29 passes last season, racking up 394 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Eifert would miss the final game of the 2016 season due to the back injury that ultimately required surgery in December.

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