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Tyler Eifert has a mysterious medical issue that kept him from Bengals’ first minicamp session

Tyler Eifert was unable to take part in the Bengals’ first minicamp practice on Tuesday.

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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:

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.