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Tyler Eifert Injury: Updates on Bengals TE's Foot and Recovery

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2016

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert suffered an ankle injury during the second half of Sunday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

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Eifert Receives Test Results on Ankle

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Eifert has a sprained ankle that will only require rest, adding that he should be ready for all offseason activities.

Eifert Unable to Shake Injury Bug Early in Career 

He had one catch for 11 yards for Team Irvin before exiting. 

Eifert was most recently forced to exit the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after getting checked for a concussion. The 6'6" pass-catcher proceeded to miss Cincinnati's next two games—including a crucial Week 16 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos

However, the head injury was just one of several items on Eifert's lengthy injury history. 

Cincinnati's premier red-zone receiving threat dealt with a neck injury that forced him to miss Week 13, and that came on the heels of a minor knee injury. Eifert's 2014 season was also cut short after one game due to a season-ending elbow injury that preceded shoulder surgery. 

The third-year pass-catcher hasn't been a yardage monster, but he has joined New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as one of the league's most dominant weapons around the end zone. During a personal-best regular season, Eifert caught 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

"Oh my gosh—that guy," wide receiver A.J. Green said, according to's Paul Dehner Jr. "Tyler is a wide receiver trapped in a big body because the way he runs routes and the way he's getting in and out of his breaks is unbelievable."

Regardless of the severity of the injury, it's unlikely to keep him out of any meaningful action in the 2016 season. 

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