Time to panic? No easy explanations for Bengals' struggles
OCT 19, 7:25p ET | Kevin Goheen
Rotowire: Dec 26 / 10:24a ET
News: Eifert, who has been on IR/designated to return with an elbow injury, has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery, the Bengals' official site reports.
Impact: Per the report, Eifert -- who suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 1 -- was destined for offseason shoulder surgery due to an injury that he suffered in training camp, in any case. When it became clear that the tight end's elbow wasn't responding as hoped, Eifert went ahead and had his shoulder issue addressed, with an eye on being fully recovered well in advance of the 2015 campaign.
Rotowire: Nov 21 / 11:11a ET
News: Coach Marvin Lewis noted Friday that Eifert (elbow, IR/designated to return) is "progressing," ESPN.com reports.
Impact: When asked Friday if he thought there was a chance that Eifert could return this season, Lewis said yes, but such an outcome is not imminent, with the report suggesting a potential scenario in which the tight end may get back into the playing rotation during the final three weeks of the regular season.
Rotowire: Nov 7 / 9:09a ET
News: Coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that there is a chance that Eifert (elbow, IR/designated to return) may not return to action this season, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.
Impact: Based on that assessment, it's clear that the tight end's return is not imminent as Week 11's game against the Saints approaches. In Eifert's continued absence, Jermaine Gresham is in line to remain the Bengals' top option at the position.