UPDATE (10/12): Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert shared a photo on Twitter of his ankle, which is now in cast following surgery. It’s not pretty.
Here’s another angle of his ankle:
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Eifert!
UPDATE (10/1): Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has already had surgery to repair his broken ankle, and it sounds like it went as well as it possibly could:
Tyler Eifert's dad Greg tells me Tyler is just out of surgery and "it went great." Says Tyler should be back with no issues after recovery/rehab. Nice to get some good news on the @Bengals & former @NDFootball and @BishopDwengerHS star. #SeizeTheDEY— Glenn Marini (@GlennMariniWANE) October 1, 2018
Since the injury occurred in late September, it’s ‘possible’ Eifert is fully recovered by the time he becomes a free agent in March. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Bengals handle it, as they also have Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah also set to become free agents.
Ideally, the Bengals get one of them re-signed and give Eifert another one-year ‘prove it’ deal. Eifert deserves another shot, but he’s not going to get much interest on the market, so the Bengals may be able to keep him at a minimal deal.
At least he’s in good spirits.
At least my end zone celebration was fun! Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I’m all fixed, Dr. Anderson is the best. I’ll be back! pic.twitter.com/DVs7D2fapn— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) October 1, 2018
Just as his season was taking off, Tyler Eifert is out for the rest of 2018.
Eifert has since posted an emotional message on Twitter:
With Eifert playing under a one-year deal this season, Eifert’s career in Bengals stripes may have ended on the Atlanta turf. What makes this injury even harder to stomach was it came right as Eifert was starting to establish himself as one of the game’s best tight ends.
Last week in Carolina, Eifert hauled in six catches on eight targets for 78 yards. Then in just over a half of work against the Falcons, Eifert caught four passes on four targets for 38 yards and his first touchdown of 2018.
That score ultimately helped the Bengals escape Atlanta with a hard-fought 37-36 win.
Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for Eifert.