Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert looked no worse for wear as he made his way out of the facility on Monday morning. Dressed in sweats and carrying a bag from his locker, he didn't look like a person who had just gone through back surgery mere days before. But while Eifert may be only 26, surgery and rehab have become a routine part of his life.
That's what he's facing again this offseason. It's frustrating for Eifert, who hates the "injury prone" label but can't escape it lately.
"I can’t control when I get hurt. it’s annoying when I get labeled 'injury prone' because I just go out and play," Eifert said. "I play hard and, you know, I’ve had some bad breaks."
The story outlines all of Eifert's injuries in his short career. Eifert missed eight games this year and missed 27 regular-season games due to injury to start his career. The back injury that ultimately ended his season early was one he had been fighting all year. Eifert thought he could push off surgery, but as the season went on, the pain became too much. There's no doubt Eifert is a red zone threat and one of the better fantasy TE plays week-to-week, but injuries are a concern.