The Facts: Eifert understands why Bengals fans and media were in an uproar when he landed on the PUP list to open training camp on Thursday. He’d like to set the record straight. This is just part of the process. There’s no reason to freak out. “There is no setback,” Eifert said. “I’m feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take.”
Diehards Line: All this comes in the context of reports indicating he suffered a setback prior to minicamp, in which he did not participate last month. The setback word connected to him again as he landed on the list Thursday. “It’s funny, we almost didn’t want to do this (PUP list) just because of all the media and drama that comes with it,” Eifert said. “But it doesn’t matter, we are doing what’s best for the team and me and so the thought of doing something so there is not an uproar is just insane.” The plan is he’ll return to practice at some point, but feels certain about playing on opening day. He’s playing it conservative for now. In fact, asked specifically if he'll be ready Week 1 against Indianapolis? “Yeah,” Eifert said, “100 percent. ..." We shall see.