Thanks to an ankle injury that he suffered during last season’s Pro Bowl game, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert might not be ready for the start of the regular season.
According to Jim Owczarski of the The Enquirer, Eifert will undergo what is being deemed a “minimal procedure” on his injured left ankle very soon and will reportedly need at least three months to recover.
The Bengals open up their 2016 regular season on the road against the New York Jets and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday that Eifert might not be ready to play in that game. The Bengals will then play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field the following week.
Eifert undoubtedly will begin training camp this year on the Bengals Active PUP list and thus will likely miss all four of the team’s preseason games. During his first three years in the league, Eifert has caught 94 passes for 1,097 yards and 15 touchdowns. In the five games that Eifert has played against the Steelers during his career, including last year’s AFC Wild Card meeting between the two teams, the Bengals tight end has registered 17 total receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown.