Eifert consulted with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles to determine if he should have micro-disk surgery, which will sideline him for four to six months. Eifert injured his ankle in the 2016 Pro Bowl following a breakout year.
Eifert was a first-round draft pick in 2013 and is now in the final season of his contract with the Bengals. He has just twice played 9 or more games in a season while producing 127 catches, 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns so far in his short, injury-ravaged career.
When healthy, Eifert is easily one of the best tight ends in the league.
Tyler Kroft has stepped up in Eifert's absence with 14 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns.