TE Tyler Eifert has been medically cleared for OTAs and to play in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The free-agent-to-be underwent back surgery in October -- his 2nd in a 10-month span. He also had a procedure to remove a cyst on his knee in November and has ankle, shoulder, neck and elbow injuries on his resume. Eifert has been productive when healthy and is still only 27. But that injury history will make him an interesting case in free agency -- and an extremely risky pick in 2018 fantasy drafts.

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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert fractured his right ankle in Sunday's win over the Falcons, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Eifert is expected to have surgery and will miss the rest of the season. C.J. Uzomah already leads Cincinnati TEs in snaps. He and Tyler Kroft will both enter the fantasy radar going forward.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert appeared to dislocate his right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons. He's obviously done for the day -- and this could be a season-ender.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) has passed his physical and been activated from the PUP list. He missed some time this spring and the first week of training camp after reportedly tweaking his back. We'll now see if Eifert can put together a healthy August. He's the biggest injury risk at any position this season, according to Sports Injury Predictor. But that's largely baked into his 13th-round ADP. Eifert remains a good bet for top-10 production whenever he's on the field.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert apparently doesn't think we need to worry about the troublesome back that has landed him on the camp-opening PUP list. "There is no setback," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'm feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take." Eifert added that he's "100 percent" certain he'll play in the regular-season opener. This sounds good, but we'll put his chance of starting on time somewhere short of 100%. Still, Eifert's going late enough in fantasy football drafts to be a fine shot worth taking at this point. He'll carry big weekly upside for however many weeks he's available.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will begin training camp on the active/PUP list. He's eligible to be removed at any time, but it's not a good start for a guy who's missed 22 games over the past 2 seasons. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Eifert "tweaked" his back in spring workouts. That'd be the same back that's required 2 surgeries, with the most recent coming in October. We'll continue to monitor Eifert's status, but any production he provides to the Bengals and fantasy owners should be considered a bonus at this point.

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