Tyler Eifert continues to be one of, if not the most injury-prone star the NFL has.
Eifert is already on injured reserve due to back surgery, but he’s had another issue plaguing him since the preseason. If you recall, Eifert missed the final two preseason games due to what was called a minor knee issue by the team.
So of course, it was anything but minor. According to ESPN report Dan Graziano, Eifert had a cyst removed from his knee recently.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, already out for the year due to back surgery, had another procedure recently to remove a cyst on his knee. Eifert is working to get healthy, as he is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of this season.
The Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed it was related to that preseason knee issue.
It’s getting to the point where Eifert may be better off considering retirement. His body clearly can’t hold up in the NFL, as he’s missed the majority of three seasons since his 2014 rookie year.
Between this knee issue and the frequent back problems Eifert has been having, I doubt the Bengals use the franchise tag on him this offseason. Eifert is set to become a free agent next spring. The Bengals will probably let him hit free agency and see what he can get on the open market. It’s no guarantee the Bengals even make Eifert an offer this offseason. He’s just been too unreliable to depend on due to constant injuries.
The good news is the Bengals have enjoyed somewhat of a breakout season from third-year tight end Tyler Kroft, who has stepped up in a big way in Eifert’ absence. The bengals also have C.J. Uzomah, Cethan Carter and Ryan Hewitt to help make up for the loss of Eifert.