Notre Dame freshman tight end Tyler Eifert received good and bad news about his bulging disc, according to coach Charlie Weis.
Eifert, who has been dealing with the back injury since January, consulted with a specialist in Phoenix and does not have to undergo surgery. That was only partly good news.
Eifert didn't have surgery because it would have ended his playing career. Instead, the former Bishop Dwenger standout will follow a rehabilitation program for the rest of his time at Notre Dame to be able to continue playing.
"It should have him ready to go, easily by the springtime," Weis said. "He's going to have to be on this rehab, unfortunately, for the rest of his life, though. Fortunately, he doesn't need to have surgery, but he has an extensive rehab program that he has already been on. He's on his way back to recovery."
Last month, Eifert said the pain from the bulging disc was more annoying than anything and didn't keep him from playing. He was practicing with the team until the week leading into the Boston College game, which was Notre Dame's fall break.