Tight End Tyler Eifert Will Have Season-Ending Back Surgery
Tyler Eifert
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery. Eifert is yet to play a full season in the NFL.  (AP / Matt Dunham)

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert’s 2017 season is officially over. Eifert has decided to undergo season-ending back surgery. Adam Schefter reported the news on Twitter.

Eifert has only played in two games this season. He appeared to injure his back in the Bengals week 2 game against the Houston Texans. The Bengals lost the game 13-9.

Injuries have plagued Eifert his entire career. Eifert, a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame,  has missed a total of 27 games and has just two 10 game seasons.  The guy just cannot catch a break. When healthy, Eifert has shown high-level talent. He caught a career-high 13 touchdown passes in 2015.

This injury comes at a tough time for Eifert. He is in the last year of his contract with the Bengals. Questions about his durability and if he can recover from this injury will determine what contract offers he will receive this offseason.

Though Eifert is a high-caliber player, this does not really affect the Bengals a lot. The Bengals have crawled to a 2-3 record to start the year. The Bengals have made the playoffs before without Eifert. However, the Bengals do not look like a playoff team this year.

The Bengals go into a bye will and will play their next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 22.

 

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