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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert to begin training camp on PUP list with back injury

Welp. Eifert is hurt again.

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It comes as no surprise that Tyler Eifert is once again dealing with an injury.

The Bengals tight end will reportedly begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list with an injury. What’s troubling is the injury is said to be to his back, which he’s had two surgeries on in recent years.

The Active/PUP list, which is used for training camp, is not the same as the regular season PUP list. Eifert can come off the Active/PUP list as soon as he’s medically cleared to do so. It will need to be before the 53-man roster is former though. If that doesn’t happen, which is on September 1, he’d need to go onto the regular season PUP list. That would keep him off-the-field for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Eifert signed a one-year contract extension with the Bengals this offseason to keep him in Cincinnati through the end of the 2018 season.

Eifert went on Injured/Reserve in October 2017 after playing just two games last season and ended up having back surgery shortly after. He also had knee surgery last year to fix up some lingering issues there.

The Bengals begin training camp on Thursday and Eifert is in Cincinnati, but he’ll likely be on the rehab field when practice starts.

We’ll have more on this shortly.