Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is our guest on Beyond The Stripes at Holy Grail Tavern & Grille at The Banks. Eifert is entering his fifth season with the Bengals.
The Enquirer confirmed Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert decided to have season-ending back surgery and that the procedure will keep him out of football for 4-to-6 months.
Eifert will not have the procedure done locally, but instead by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The medical staff at the clinic partnered with six of the major sports franchises in and around L.A., including the Rams.
The Bengals have a history and good relationship with Dr. Watkins as well.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski also had back surgery done with Dr. Watkins, as did former Indianapolis and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
Eifert was in L.A. to go over options regarding surgery or further treatment, which would be the third of his career. In 2009, The Chicago Tribune reported Eifert had surgery while at the University of Notre Dame to repair a disc that had “popped out.”
In December he had a different disc surgery.
The organization felt a decision would have been reached sometime Thursday.
The 27-year-old tight end returned from back surgery this offseason to participate fully in training camp and played the first two games of the season, catching four passes for 46 yards.
ESPN reported Eifert is having a microdiscectomy (removing a piece of a herniated disc that is causing pain), though Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said is not related to the disc issue that forced Eifert to have surgery last year.
In Week 2 against Houston, Eifert was seen getting his back stretched out on the sidelines and has not played since. He has not been seen on the practice field, although he is at the facility. Eifert has declined interviews until he was back on the field.
Eifert was a Pro Bowler in 2015, which was also the last time he played the bulk of a season. To date, Eifert has missed 28 of a potential 69 games in his five-year career due to a variety of injuries.
He is due to become an unrestricted free agent next year.
ESPN first reported the back surgery would take place late Wednesday.