The standard recovery time for the surgery is three months, but he may have made it worse by participating in workouts this past April. The severity of the injury was not known then, but doctors believe it stems from January's Pro Bowl.
Eifert hurt his ankle while trying to bring home a pass from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in the back of the end zone. He came up limping and exited the game to be evaluated.
This news comes after the Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on Eifert. With one year left on his rookie contract, the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be with the Bengals through the 2017 season.
If he can come back at full health, Eifert will be well worth the money. The tight end caught 52 passes and led the team with 13 touchdowns this past season. The team can only hope he will be just as productive post-surgery.