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Tyler Eifert | Tight End | #85

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 255
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (21) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Marvin Lewis hinted Tyler Eifert (back) may not be ready for training camp.
When asked, Lewis said he simply does not know if the oft-injured Eifert will be ready. He was limited at OTAs last month but has sat out all of minicamp this week and may have suffered a setback. Anything the Bengals get from Eifert this year will have to be considered a bonus. Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah are his backups. Jun 13 - 4:39 PM

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Marvin Lewis was vague on Tyler Eifert's health after he missed Tuesday's minicamp session.

Per reporter Jim Owczarski, Lewis was "surprised" at Eifert's absence. "As time goes on when we start to play football then we will have an idea of where he is," Lewis said afterward. Eifert claimed he was back to full health in March, but he was limited in last month's OTAs sessions. One of the league's least-durable players, Eifert has appeared in 24-of-64 possible games over the past four years.
Jun 12 - 4:56 PM

Tyler Eifert (back) was limited at OTAs last week.

He was reportedly moving at "half speed" and didn't participate in 11-on-11 drills. Back surgery limited Eifert to just two games last year, though the tight end plans to be a full go for training camp. "I'm on schedule," he said. "I don’t want to go out there and have any setbacks or anything, so just methodically moving forward." Eifert has always been a big red-zone presence, but his durability remains a major concern for fantasy owners.
May 27 - 11:15 AM

Bengals re-signed TE Tyler Eifert to a one-year contract.

The deal carries a maximum value of $8 million, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Eifert has barely played the last two years while battling chronic back issues, but led all tight ends with 13 touchdowns in 2015. The 27-year-old has been a dangerous red-zone presence throughout his career but has to prove he can stay healthy.
Mar 15 - 2:53 PM

Free agent Tyler Eifert said he is back to full health.

Eifert was limited to just two games last season because of a back injury which required yet another surgery, but the tight end believes he can return to his old form. "There’s no question I can get back to where I’ve been," Eifert said. "Everything is fixed." Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said the team "values" Eifert but admitted his injury history will make negotiations difficult. As it stands, Eifert looks headed toward the market.
Mar 6 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports impending free agent Tyler Eifert (back) has been cleared for OTAs.

Eifert landed on injured reserve after just two games because of a back injury which required micro disc surgery, and he underwent another operation to remove a cyst from his knee. The injuries are just the latest in a long list which has limited the tight end to 39 games over five seasons and just 10 the last two years. Eifert is undeniably talented and an elite red-zone weapon when healthy, but his struggle to stay on the field will likely prevent him from getting any long-term guarantees in free agency. A one-year, prove-it deal might end up being his best option.
Feb 26 - 8:50 AM

The Bengals are unlikely to re-sign free agent Tyler Eifert.

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would only want Eifert back on an incentive-based one-year contract. Eifert is recovering from multiple surgeries, but he's only 27 and was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2015. He could get a better than expected deal this offseason if he proves he's healthy.
Feb 21 - 5:20 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer puts the chances the Bengals re-sign impending free agent Tyler Eifert at "10 percent."

Eifert has said all options are on the table, admitting his lengthy injury history will likely cloud some things. He's recovering from a second back surgery in two years and also needed a recent knee scope. Eifert has missed 41-of-80 games in five seasons but was dominant in 2015 when healthy, proving to be a huge red-zone weapon. He's still just 27, but the body is breaking down. Eifert's free-agent case will be interesting to follow. He may have to take a one-year deal.
Jan 19 - 11:22 AM

The Bengals haven't ruled out re-signing free agent TE Tyler Eifert.

Eifert had multiple back surgeries and appeared in just two games last season. The Bengals got a third-year leap from Tyler Kroft in his absence but run a lot of dual tight end sets. Eifert's best chance at reestablishing his value may be returning to the Bengals on a prove-it deal.
Jan 3 - 7:52 PM

Tyler Eifert (back, injured reserve) recently underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his knee.

Eifert is on injured reserve because of a lingering back injury which required a third surgery October, but he also was dealing with a knee issue earlier this year. The tight end will hope the procedures fix both issues, but this is yet another injury question mark as Eifert heads into free agency this spring. Despite his proven ability to score touchdowns, he will likely have to settle for a prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:49:00 PM

Tyler Eifert doesn't feel his career is in jeopardy following his third back surgery.

"No, I'm not," said Eifert when asked if he was concerned about his long-term future in the NFL. "Doc said I'll be recovered to 100 percent, so I was happy to hear that." Eifert has flashed huge potential when healthy—he led all tight ends with 13 touchdowns in 2015—but injuries have limited him to just 10 games over the last two years. Headed for free agency, Eifert may have to settle for a bargain contract on the open market.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Bengals placed TE Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a back injury.

Eifert has opted for season-ending surgery to repair his injured back. The surgery comes with a 4-6 month recovery. An impending free agent, the injury-prone Eifert may have to settle for a reduced price on the open market this offseason.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 03:20:00 PM

Tyler Eifert requires surgery on his back and is done for the season.

Back surgery is nothing new for Eifert, who underwent his first back surgery last December. Eifert is a supreme talent, but he simply hasn't had positive injury fortune as a pro. It's a devastating end to the 27-year-old's contract season. Tyler Kroft will be the Bengals' starter the rest of the way.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:27:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyler Eifert could undergo season-ending back surgery.

A decision on the matter will likely come on Thursday. It would be Eifert's third back surgery. Eifert has missed the last three weeks and hasn't looked close to returning. His back issues could potentially put his career in jeopardy. In a contract year, Eifert is likely going to struggle for 2018 free agent interest.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 04:30:00 PM

Bengals declared TE Tyler Eifert (back) out for Week 5 against Buffalo.

Eifert hasn't practiced since Week 2 and was an early rule out. Also inactive for the Bengals are WR John Ross, HB Ryan Hewitt, WR Josh Malone, OL Alex Redmond, OL Christian Westerman, and S Derron Smith.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 11:59:00 AM

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