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6:47pm EST 12/28/14

Bengals S Reggie Nelson is active for tonight's game against the Steelers after an illness rendered him questionable. Use him as you normally would if you're still playing in an IDP league.

Bengals LB Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice Saturday but turned up doubtful on the week's final injury report. A hamstring injury cost Lamur the 1st 2 days of practice this week, but ESPN.com reports there's still a chance he could be a game-time decision. "He's made a lot of progress," coach Marvin Lewis said. "With the extra day this week, obviously that helps a lot." We still wouldn't wait on Lamur and his iffy hamstring for your IDP lineup. The Denver matchup hasn't helped LB scoring this year.

A hamstring injury has cost Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur the 1st 2 days of practice this week. We'll see about his status Saturday before the Monday night meeting with the Broncos, but Denver hasn't proved to be a great matchup for LB scoring anyway. This looks like a guy to sit in Week 16 in your IDP league, even if he starts.

The Bengals placed LB Vontaze Burfict on IR Tuesday. That's actually good news for IDP owners, because it means we can treat Vincent Rey as a starter the rest of the way. Rey has delivered top-20 LB numbers over the past 5 weeks.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has now missed 6 games since the knee surgery that was only expected to cost him a few weeks. Despite being optimistic at the outset, HC Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday that he doesn't know if Burfict will return to the field at all in 2014. "We'll see him when everybody says he's ready to play or good enough to play we'll have an idea," Lewis said. Until Burfict proves ready to play, Vincent Rey remains a solid IDP option. He led all Cincinnati defenders in snaps played vs. Pittsburgh in Week 14 and has played all but 8 total snaps in the 6 games that Burfict has been out.

The Bengals have ruled LB Vontaze Burfict out for a 3rd straight game following knee surgery. That gives Vincent Rey another start at New Orleans, which has presented a positive matchup for LBs this season. He's an OK LB3 option for IDP owners but has yet to flash the kind of upside he did during a couple of games in place of MLB Rey Maualuga last season.

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that Cincinnati OLB Vontaze Burfict will miss a "couple of games" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The team reportedly "hopes" to have him back for the Week 11 trip to New Orleans. Burfict has dealt with multiple injuries this year and been a big disappointment for anyone who drafted him relatively high in an IDP league. His absence should make LB Vincent Rey a 3-down player and the weak-side starter. That gives Rey lots of upside, starting this week against the Jaguars.

The Bengals have gotten starting LBs Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur back in practice this week. Both Burfict (neck) and Lamur (shoulder) followed limited practices Wednesday with full workouts Thursday. That certainly points to both being likely to play on Sunday. MLB Rey Maualuga remains out and appears likely to miss the rematch with Baltimore, which should leave a starting role for Vincent Rey once again. The question, however, is who will stay on the field for passing downs. That's been Burfict and Lamur when all starters are healthy. But might either OLB need a little break this week, leaving Rey to play those snaps? We'll keep an eye out for any signal. But barring some revelation, we'd have to assume that Burfict and Lamur remain the 3-down guys. Thus, they become the better IDP options over Rey, who carries upside whenever he steps into a full-time role.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday's loss to the Colts early with a cervical strain in his neck. Burfict hurt himself when lowering the crown of his helmet into Colts QB Andrew Luck's chest while making a tackle on a Luck run. Burfict has already suffered a pair of concussions and a stinger in the neck/shoulder area. There's no word yet on his status for Week 8, but any missed time for Burfict would only help Vincent Rey continue to find a role.

The Bengals have ruled out MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) for Sunday's visit to Indianapolis. The team also will likely go without strong-side LB Emmanuel Lamur, who's doubtful with a shoulder injury. That would leave Vontaze Burfict as the only regular starter in the lineup, with Vincent Rey likely stepping in for Maualuga and filling a 3-down role. (The other starter won't matter for IDP puropses.) Rey presents intriguing sleeper potential in a top-10 matchup for fantasy LB scoring. The Bengals' team D outlook for the game doesn't change significantly with these 2 injuries.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict put in full practices all week and is probable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.  Burfict missed the past 2 contests with lingering concussion symptoms, which came after he returned from a Week 1 concussion.  Let's hope the added caution this time around helps him to stay on the field.  Last year's league tackle leader is worth sticking back into most IDP lineups right away.  We've bumped him up to starter range in our Week 6 IDP rankings.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots after missing practice all week.  He continues to deal with effects from a concussion he initially suffered back in Week 1.  Burfict returned to play in Week 2 but exited that game early and hasn't played since.  It's particularly worrisome that he couldn't practice at all after the Week 4 bye.  We'll see where he goes from here.  Look for Vincent Rey to start in his place again on Sunday.  Rey performed fine in Burfict's absence but played just two-thirds of the defensive snaps.  That makes him tough to trust for fantasy purposes.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict missed a 3rd straight day of practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Titans.  Vincent Rey is expected to start in Burfict's place and produced well when he stepped in for MLB Rey Maualuga last year.  Strong-side LB Emmanuel Lamur also adds tackle upside if Burfict sits out.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday's game against the Falcons early with a stinger.  Before he exited, Burfict appeared woozy on several occasions at the end of plays, which has to make you wonder if he was experiencing any more concussion symptoms.  We'll see what post-game and practice-week health reports have to say about him.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict is questionable for Week 2 because of the concussion he suffered against Baltimore.  The 2013 NFL tackle leader suited up for practice Friday but must not have done much because he still drew the "did not practice" label.  If Burfict is cleared in time for Sunday's matchup with Atlanta, he should be fine to use in your IDP lineup.  But keep an eye on his status through the weekend if you're hoping to use him.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday's opener against Baltimore in the 2nd quarter with a concussion.  He suffered the injury when he hit Ravens QB Joe Flacco shortly before halftime and has been ruled out for the game.  Burfict will obviously need to go through the league protocol before returning now.  We'll see what his status is for Week 2.  Baltimore moved the ball much more easily on the Bengals D in the 2nd half without Burfict around.

9:31am EDT 7/30/14

Doctors have cleared Bengals DT Geno Atkins to return to action, and the team has removed him from the PUP.  Atkins has been out since tearing his right ACL in Week 9 last season.  Expect the Bengals to bring him along slowly, especially considering the importance of Atkins as arguably the league's #1 interior pass-rusher.  If he's anywhere close to 100%, he'll provide a big boost to the Cincinnati defense and be worth a gamble in DT-specific slots on your fantasy football team.  His ceiling is much more limited for general DL use in the 2014 IDP rankings.

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