The Cincinnati Bengals placed tight end Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a designation to return due to the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's game, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
NFL teams are allowed to use the IR designation in just one case each season. Under the guidelines of the rule, Eifert won't be eligible to practice for six weeks and can't return to game action for eight weeks after he is officially put on short-term IR.
Eifert was poised for a breakout season prior to the injury. He can be safely dropped in virtually all formats. Jermaine Gresham finished #14 and #10 in PPR formats in 2011 and 2012 before Eifert's arrival. He doesn't have much upside, but he offers consistent baseline-type production at the position. Delanie Walker, Travis Kelce, Larry Donnell, Tim Wright and Marcedes Lewis are other good-to-decent fallback options.