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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert’s status now uncertain for start of training camp

Tyler Eifert, Bengals

The last few years have been nothing short than frustrating for former Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert dealing with persistent injuries that have significantly limited his time on the field.

Despite all of that, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken another chance on Eifert this offseason by inking him to a one-year deal to see if things will change in that regard. Things have already taken a disappointing turn as he has already suffered a minor back injury that has put his status up in the air for training camp next month, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.

Surprised by Eifert’s inability to take the field for this week’s minicamp, a frustrated Marvin Lewis acknowledged Wednesday that the status of the 2015 Pro Bowl selection is uncertain for the start of training camp this summer.

“My understanding is he did tweak his back just a little bit,” NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Wednesday’s edition of Inside Minicamp Live.

The 27-year-old is currently recovering from back surgery that he underwent after being forced to miss all but two games of the 2017 season. This latest setback is yet another hurdle that Eifert has dealt with over the last two years missing 22 regular season games in the process due to various injuries.

When healthy, he has proven to be a game-changing talent that has shown to be a tremendous red-zone target in the passing game. However, he has had trouble showing that he can remain healthy through the duration of an entire campaign as he hasn’t played more than 15 games while he has missed 38 games through his first five years in the league.

If these issues continue to persist it could see his tenure with the Bengals come to an end much sooner than expected. This is a situation that Cincinnati will monitor over the next few weeks ahead of training camp.