The Bengals began the final phase of OTAs on Tuesday with their first mandatory minicamp practice.
While we didn’t get much of a look into what went on, we did get some updates on various Bengals battling injuries and ailments. The most notable injured player is Tyler Eifert, who was unable to practice with what was later called a medical issue, and Marvin Lewis did not sound optimistic about whatever it is:
Tyler Eifert was one of three #Bengals not dressed today, which came as a bit of a surprise to Marvin Lewis - he was/is in the building and said only reason he’d be out is for medical reasons.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) June 12, 2018
Yeah, for those buying into the healthy Tyler Eifert chatter, not a day of puppies and rainbows from #Bengals Marvin Lewis. "As time goes on when we start to play football then we will have an idea of where he is."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) June 12, 2018
That’s...less than optimal.
The last thing Eifert and the Bengals need right now is for him to be out with any kind of injury or ailment. He has millions of dollars riding on how well he plays and how healthy he stays in the 2018 season.
This comes after Eifert missed most of 2017 with knee and back issues that led to multiple surgeries. Thankfully, most of them occurred early and in the middle of the season, giving him ample time to be healthy and working this offseason.
Eifert has been healthy and taking part in limited fashion in OTAs thus far. That was expected as the Bengals slowly work him into the mix in an effort to avoid injuries with the oft-injured tight end. Hopefully, this is nothing more than something very minor that Eifert is being precautious about, but with him, you just never know.
We’ll update this post as more details come out on whatever Eifert’s condition.