As originally reported by the NFL’s Rand Getlin, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has been ruled out for the team’s Week 16 match-up, which is a Monday Night contest against the Denver Broncos.
Earlier this week, Eifert was named one of four Pro Bowl tight ends, alongside Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen, and Rob Gronkowski. Injuries have played an unfortunately large role in Eifert’s career to date: this will be the third game that he has missed this season, and he was limited to just a single game in the 2014 season due to an arm injury. The Bengals have won both of the previous games that Eifert has missed this season, although those games came against underwhelming competition in the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. Rookie Tyler Kroft, who has seven catches for 83 yards and a touchdown on the year, will play in place of Eifert.
Eifert’s 47 receiving yards per game ranks just tenth amongst tight ends in the league this year. However, his 12 receiving touchdowns not only leads all tight ends this season, but that is fourth-most amongst all pass-catchers this year, and also tied for the sixth-most touchdowns by any tight end in any season.