The Bengals just received some relatively good news about an important weapon in their offense.
Tyler Eifert, who sustained a serious ankle injury in the Pro Bowl of all places, finally has an idea of when he might be able to suit up for the Bengals. The fourth-year tight end has just started jogging again per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and plans on being ready to play sometime between Weeks 4 and 6.
Rapoport adds that Eifert believes he could be ready as early as Week 3, but the team does not want to push him.
Justifiably so. After missing nearly all of the 2014 season following a decent rookie campaign, Eifert burst on to the scene last year. The 2013 first-round draft pick recorded 52 catches for 615 yards and an astounding 13 touchdowns in 13 games for Cincinnati in ’16.
Of course, injuries always seem to be what’s derailed Eifert going back to his days at Notre Dame. If he comes back and is healthy, it should provide a huge boost to a Bengals offense that saw its offensive coordinator and several wide receivers depart during the offseason.
Eifert’s presence could be especially valuable if star wideout A.J. Green winds up missing a game due to the birth of his first child right around Weeks 4-5, which actually sounds like a distinct possibility.