Tight end Tyler Eifert was sporting a sling on Monday while the team began clearing out their lockers with CIncinnati joining the rest of the non-playoff mopes in the NFL. Eifert played eight snaps during the regular season opener, catching three passes for 37 yard receiving and one gross-looking dislocated elbow.
There was usually hope that he'd return from the short-term IR. He never did.
Once everyone realized that he wasn't going to play this season, Eifert underwent shoulder surgery to repair issues that have been affecting him since training camp last year. As a result, he might not be available during the team's spring practices, writes ESPN Coley Harvey:
As he was leaving Paul Brown Stadium on Monday afternoon with his left arm in a sling, he told reporters that for now, it appeared he might be limited in May when the Bengals go through their minicamp and voluntary offseason workouts. By the end of July, though, he should finally be fully ready to go.
With his recovery from the elbow injury taking much longer than anticipated, the Bengals decided to extend Eifert's time on the injured reserve though the season. It gave them time to simultaneously put him through surgery and rehab for the left shoulder issue. The hope has been that with time, both injuries would heal to get him to 100 percent by the start of the 2015 season.
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