Bengals tight end Eifert recovering from shoulder surgery
MAY 5, 5:23p ET | AP
Rotowire: May 6 / 10:17a ET
News: Eifert, who dealt with an elbow injury last season and is still bouncing back from shoulder surgery, expects to be fully recovered by the time training camp begins, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: At this stage, Eifert -- who played just one game last season -- has to avoid contact to his surgically-repaired shoulder, but he is able to run routes and catch passes as he continues his rehab. With Jermaine Gresham still unsigned and unlikely to return to the Bengals, draft picks Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah were added to bolster the team's TE depth. Assuming no setbacks though, Eifert will open the season atop the team's depth chart at the position, poised for a fantasy breakout after combining for 42 catches for 482 yards and two TDs over his first 16 NFL contests.
StatsLLC: May 5 / 12:00a ET
News: Eifert is still recovering from shoulder surgery and can't participate in the team's offseason workouts. He's expecting a full recovery by the time training camp opens.
Impact: Eifert severely injured his right elbow during the season opener last year. The Bengals had hoped he'd recover by the second half of the season, but that didn't happen. Instead, he wound up having surgery on his left shoulder to repair an older injury.
Rotowire: Apr 20 / 2:42p ET
News: Eifert (elbow) is one of a few tight ends on the Bengals' current roster, which could change following next week's NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Eifert, who played merely eight snaps last season due to elbow and shoulder complications, is currently the unquestioned starting tight end on the Bengals' roster. However, given his trouble staying healthy, as well as little depth behind him, Cincinnati is expected to target tight ends sometime in the upcoming NFL Draft. Still, with long-time Bengal Jermaine Gresham unlikely to be re-signed, it appears Eifert will assume vastly increased responsibilities this season, should he keep a clean bill of health.