Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery Thursday in Los Angeles. Eifert hasn’t played since week two against the Texans and hasn’t seen the practice field or been seen much around Paul Brown Stadium since then. This will be the third back surgery of his career.
This is the final season of Eifert’s contract in Cincinnati. He will have missed 49 percent of possible games played since being drafted. In other words, 39 of a possible 80 games played.
This is the second year in a row that Eifert will undergo back surgery. He dealt with another back injury last season after returning from ankle surgery. Eifert injured his ankle in the 2016 Pro Bowl following a breakout year.
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Eifert played in only two games this season, making four receptions for 46 yards. Since entering the league in 2013, he has recorded 127 receptions for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns. Little is known about the exact nature of the injury Eifert suffered, other than that this injury is not related to the disc issue that forced him to have surgery last year.
Eifert will not have the procedure done locally, but instead by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The medical staff at the clinic partnered with six of the major sports franchises in and around L.A., including the Rams.
Eifert was in L.A. to go over options regarding surgery or further treatment, which would be the third of his career. In 2009, The Chicago Tribune reported Eifert had surgery while at the University of Notre Dame to repair a disc that had “popped out.” In December he had a different disc surgery.