BENGALS’ EIFERT OUT FOR SEASON, NEEDS SURGERY ON BACK
Oft-injured Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was scheduled to have season-ending back surgery Thursday, according to ESPN.
The surgery would reportedly sideline the former Pro Bowler for four to six months.
Eifert, 27, has four catches for 46 yards in twogames. He injured his back in Week 2 vs. the Texans and has missed the last three games.
Eifert was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 after catching 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns. He tore lig- aments in his ankle during that Pro Bowl game and has played in 10 of 21 games since.
After playing in 15 games as a rookie, Eifert has played in 24 games the last threeplus seasons.
Eifert, a first-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2013, is in the final season of his contract. If the Bengals don’t re-sign him, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Bengals-Steelers flexed: The Bengals’ bye week will last an additional three hours with the NFL’s announcement that the Oct. 22 game at Pittsburgh has been flexed to a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., will be part of the CBS doubleheader.
The Bengals and Steelers have played in primetime plenty of times, but this will be justthe eighth time in 84 regular-season games they will start in the late after- noon time slot. The most recent was Sept. 27, 2009, when the Bengals won 23-20 at home in a 4:15 start.
Bengals after the bye: Since the NFL made bye weeks a regular part of scheduling in 1990, the Bengals are 8-19-1 the week after a bye, including 5-8-1 under Marvin Lewis.
When they play on the road after a bye,as they will at Pittsburgh, they are 4-11 overall (3-6 under Lewis).
And when they head into a bye with a winning streak of at least two games, the Bengals are 2-3 (2-2 under Lewis).
But while the Bengals are 35-60 against the Steelers all time, they are 4-2 when facing them after a bye. The most recent instance was in 2015 when they started 6-0, had a week off and then went to Pittsburgh and won 16-10.
Tyler Eifert has played in 24 games the past three-plus seasons.