Bengals TE Eifert leaves after gruesome injury

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is carted off the field after suffering an injury in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.Photo: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was taken off the field on a cart after suffering lower leg injury against the Falcons.

Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert was taken off the field on a cart after suffering what appeared to be a gruesome lower leg injury on Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta.

Eifert already had caught a 14-yart touchdown reception when he made his fourth reception early in the third quarter.

The 28-year-old Eifert caught a short pass from quarterback Andy Dalton and was dragged to the ground by Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. The tackle left Eifert’s right ankle twisted in an awkward way.

An air cast was placed on his lower leg, and Eifert was carted off the field with tears in his eyes.

Injuries have plagued Eifert throughout his career. He has missed 41 games out of a possible 80, in his first five years. He played in just one game in 2014 and only two games in 2017.

When he is healthy, he is a reliable scoring threat having caught 20 touchdowns.

The Bengals signed Eifert to a one-year, $5.5 million contract in the offseason.

Eifert was the Bengals first-round pick out of Notre Dame in the 2013 Draft.

In 39 career games, he has started 31 times and has compiled 127 receptions good for 1,537 yards.

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