We said the Bengals were taking a major risk when they re-signed tight end Tyler Eifert, and it looks like we were right. Coach Marvin Lewis hinted last week that Eifert may not be ready for training camp in July. The tight-end was limited at OTA’s last month as part of his recovery from back and knee surgery, and missed all of minicamp last week. It is very possible he suffered a setback and at this point his availability for Week 1 should be considered questionable.
Eifert ended last season on IR after undergoing his third back surgery. He played only two games. The tight-end also underwent knee surgery in the offseason to remove a cyst. Despite claims in March that he was back at full health, Eifert is obviously far from being 100% healthy. Eifert has suffered four back injuries, three knee injuries, an ankle injury, and a concussion in the past three years, making him a High Injury Risk. He also has a Poor Health Performance Factor. The Bengals at first hinted that they would not re-sign Eifert, but ended up coming to a one-year agreement with the oft- injured tight-end. Given his long injury history, it’s possible Eifert decides to hang up his cleats if he did experience a setback in his recovery from back surgery. Eifert is one of our highest risk tight ends and should not be considered in any fantasy formats.