Test results in Cincinnati this week revealed he simply had a sprained left ankle, calming fears that he might have suffered a worse injury. He only will need rest.
It was two plays after Eifert recorded his only catch in the game, an 11-yard fourth-quarter snag, when he tried to catch another throw from Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in the back of the end zone. Eifert had to stretch out for the attempted touchdown throw. When his momentum brought him to the ground, he dropped the ball. Eifert then got up and hobbled to the sideline, where he was initially evaluated.
Tests done just after the Pro Bowl -- a game Eifert reportedly brought Bengals trainer Nick Cosgray to as a guest -- came away with promising news. But the Bengals wanted to be sure that news could be verified by evaluations after Eifert returned to their facility.
Eifert was one of seven Bengals to appear in the Pro Bowl. His injury was the only one reported in Team Irvin's (coached by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin) 49-27 win over Team Rice (coached by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice).
During the regular season, Eifert led all tight ends with 13 touchdown catches. He likely would have approached Rob Gronkowski's record 17 touchdown receptions by a tight end had he not missed parts of four games at the end of the season with head and neck injuries.