Of course he is. Who wouldn't be?
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss half-the-season with a dislocated elbow. He's eligible to return on Nov. 6 when Cincinnati hosts the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. And despite still feeling pain in his elbow, as far as Eifert knows, he'll be ready. Eifert had his elbow put back into place while laying on the field Sunday.
"That's what they say. I'm not a doctor," Eifert said via ESPN. "I know it hurts right now, but I'm sure it'll get better and I'll be ready to go."
Eifert said the injury occurred when he was trying to brace himself on the turf as he stretched for more yards on his 14-yard reception. He was told that had he landed with his arm straighter, he would have probably come out of the play injury-free. Instead, he landed with his arm open at a particular angle. It appears that's what caused the dislocation.
There also appears to be obvious frustrations starting for Eifert, who seems to be dealing with a constant stream of injuries... at least lately. Eifert missed the regular season finale last year after suffering a stinger against the Minnesota Vikings. He's been dealing with a shoulder injury through the preseason and training camp.
"Every time I feel like I'm getting back into it, something happens," Eifert said. "It is what it is. It happened. It's hard to make the most of an injury, but it's the situation I'm in right now. So just be positive and keep going."
Let's call it bad luck for now.
After posting three grabs for 37 yards receiving, Eifert has 42 receptions for 482 yards receiving and two touchdowns for his career.