CINCINNATI -- At first, Tyler Eifert was annoyed. Now, he's flat-out frustrated.
The second-year Cincinnati Bengals tight end said Monday that he was growing tired of having to miss time due to what has become a nagging shoulder issue that's unrelated to problems he had at the end of last season.
After missing all of the organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp practices in the spring, and then being limited this past week after having breezed through the first two weeks of training camp without incident, Eifert has neared a breaking points.
"It was annoying in the spring," he said of the injury. "Rehab gets annoying.
"I was just getting back out there at the start of camp, running around and felt healthy and in shape and strong, and now I'm back watching for a little bit, I guess. It's a little frustrating but at the same time you have to get the body right."
Eifert played 19 snaps in the Bengals' Week 1 preseason game at Kansas City, but he was held completely out of the Week 2 contest against the Jets on Saturday.
He wasn't yet sure if he'd be cleared to play Sunday night when the Bengals visit Arizona, but he's trying to make it there. For now, the shoulder won't require surgery, just rest and rehab.
"I'm listed as day to day," Eifert said. "The medical staff says that once I'm comfortable and they say you are not putting yourself at any more risk then I can go out there and test it on the field."
Eifert said he knows the training staff is being patient because it's just the preseason, but added he "obviously would like to get some work for the regular season."
Before Eifert was shifted into a more limited practice role -- he primarily spends his days working on conditioning -- he had been one of quarterback Andy Dalton's top targets. It appears the Bengals are committed to using him more regularly in the seam, and exploiting openings in the secondary deep downfield.