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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.

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 HC Marvin Lewis said he expects OLB Vontaze Burfict to return to action this week following the team's Week 4 bye.  Burfict missed time each of the 1st 2 weeks with a concussion and a shoulder injury, and then sat out Week 3 with concussion symptoms.  A full return would obviously be good news for IDP owners.

As expected, Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is inactive for the Week 3 game against Tennessee.  Vincent Rey will start in his place and carry healthy IDP upside.  Burfict's lingering concussion issues remain a worry beyond this week.

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 active for today's game against the Falcons.  He had been questionable with a concussion but apparently checked out this morning.  He'll reportedly start and should be safe to use in your IDP lineup.

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 joined the team for practice Friday, an obviously positive development for his chances to play Week 2. The Bengals have yet to announce that Burfict has gained medical clearance to play, and players will often return for non-contact portions of practice before clearing that final hurdle in the concussion protocol. But you should feel optimistic if you're hoping to have the 2013 tackle king in your IDP lineup this Sunday. We'll await official word, of course, and pass it along once it comes.

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.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday night's game after just 1 defensive series with a hamstring injury.  It's not immediately clear how significant the injury might be, but Burfict still has 2 weeks to get right before the season opener.  Unless we hear otherwise, we'd expect the stud tackle collector to be ready for Week 1 and to remain 1 of the top options in your IDP draft.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict is active today against the Ravens, as expected.  He made it through the league concussion protocol during the week and remains a must-start IDP.

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