Eifert consulted with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles to determine if he should have micro-disk surgery, which will sideline him for four to six months.
In his first four years, he missed 27 games and has yet to play a full season. Eifert injured his ankle in the 2016 Pro Bowl following a breakout year. In 2015, he caught 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Since making it to Hawaii for that game with 13 touchdowns, he's missed 11 of the last 21 games and since his rookie season in 2013 he's missed 29 of 53 games.
Eifert has proved to be one of the top tight ends in the National Football League when healthy, but has struggled to stay on the field since being drafted in the first round out of Notre Dame.