Vontaze Burfict Injury Updates

Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with a shoulder injury. Burfict put in limited workouts all week. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict put in a limited practice Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering a hip injury back in Week 7. He missed the past 2 games but could be on track to return Sunday against the Ravens. We'll watch his status through the week. Teammate Nick Vigil remained out Wednesday with his knee injury.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a hip injury and did not return. We'll check on his status heading into a Week 8 meeting with the Bucs.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict has passed his physical and rejoined the team. Burfict opened training camp on the non-football injury list because of a hamstring issue but returns with plenty of time to get ready. Of course, the veteran will still miss the 1st 4 weeks of the regular season because of a PED suspension. Cincinnati lists Jordan Evans as Burfict's primary backup on the initial ("unofficial") depth chart. IDP owners in deeper leagues can consider pairing the 2. Evans topped 80% playing time in 3 straight games last season after OLB Nick Vigil went down.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Burfict missed practice all week after suffering the injury against the Lions in Week 16. Cincinnati has allowed 149 rushing yards per game in the 5 contests Burfict has missed this season, so this is good news for Ravens RB Alex Collins.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict missed his 2nd straight day of practice Thursday with a shoulder injury that knocked him out of Week 15's win over the Lions. That makes Burfict look unlikely to play in Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Burfict's absence would be bad news for the Bengals run D. He missed clashes with the Bears and Vikings recently. Opponents that combined for 356 rushing yards.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict didn't appear on the team's final injury report after Friday's practice, which indicates he has cleared the league concussion protocol. Burfict put in a full practice Friday and should be set to go for Sunday's game against the Lions. That certainly will help the Cincinnati defense, but the Bengals haven't played the run strong all year. Lions RB Theo Riddick remains a solid fantasy option for Week 16. The defense will also benefit from getting CB Dre Kirkpatrick back after 2 games down with a concussion. That makes for a solid top 3 of Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson to challenge Detroit's wideouts.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Monday night's loss to the Steelers in the 2nd half with what the team deemed a head injury. Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster hit Burfict with a block that drew a flag and then stood over the LB to taunt him -- drawing a 2nd flag. The incident just might lead to further discipline for Smith-Schuster. Burfict likely came away with a concussion. He left the field on a board but reportedly got off before getting to the locker room.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that the Bengals will likely hold OLB Vontaze Burfict out of Sunday's season finale against the Ravens. Burfict still had yet to clear the league concussion protocol as of Thursday and missed the 1st 2 days of practice this week. He's also listed on the injury report with a knee issue. We'll confirm Burfict's status whenever official word arrives, but expect Vincent Rey to start in his place and Karlos Dansby to lead Cincinnati 'backers in snaps again.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict will need to clear the league concussion protocol in order to play Saturday night against Houston. The team website reports that Burfict got cleared Sunday to return to the game after a 2nd-quarter collision sent him to the locker room for concussion testing. Burfict also reportedly passed several other checks during the game, but then reported symptoms some time over the following 2 days. Wednesday was the only full practice of the week, so we'll keep an eye on reports of Burfict's status. He's a top-level IDP option if available. If Burfict can't go, Vincent Rey would likely start in his place and bring fantasy upside. Rey's dealing with a hamstring injury this week, though, that limited his practice time Wednesday.

The Bengals are expected to make MLB Rey Maualuga inactive for Monday night's game with the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Maualuga missed practice Thursday and Friday with a leg injury, though his absence Monday night might ultimately be tied more to a defense in need of some changes. DC Paul Guenther reportedly indicated this week that some veterans are on notice after a 3-4-1 start. That apparently includes Maualuga. We might see some of rookie LB Nick Vigil on Monday night. Given the uncertainty, though, Vontaze Burfict's the top LB play among Bengals. Karlos Dansby's in play in deeper leagues. Beyond that, we'll see what happens.

The NFL has suspended Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict for the 1st 3 games of next season for repeated flagrant hits on opponents -- the most recent, of course, being Saturday night's head shot on Steelers WR Antonio Brown. That will mark the 2nd straight year Cincinnati will have to start without Burfict, who missed the 1st 6 games of 2015 while recovering from a knee injury. LB Vincent Rey has filled in for Burfict the past 2 years and delivered for IDP owners, but he's set to hit unrestricted free agency. The Bengals could turn to 2015 rookie Paul Dawson if Rey leaves. We'll see what they do this offseason.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is probable for Sunday's game at Arizona despite a knee injury that limited him in practice all 3 days this week. Burfict played only 55.6% of the defensive snaps in the Monday night loss to the Texans while dealing with the knee. That makes him a poor IDP bet for this week.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict will join his team for practice Thursday for the 1st time in more than a year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict suffered a knee injury last October that eventually required microfracture surgery in the offseason. He started this year on the PUP, which still gives the Bengals 3 more weeks to decide whether to activate him or put him on IR. We'll see how Burfict's knee responds to practice -- and perhaps game action before too long. But even he realizes that a full return right away isn't realistic. “Who hasn't played in a year and come plays 70, 80 snaps in one game?" Burfict said of his chances for Week 8. "So I'm just looking forward to contributing as much as I can." You can stash Burfict now if you play in a deep IDP league, but don't go dropping value to add him in average-sized formats (say, 5 IDP starters or fewer). Vincent Rey has been Cincinnati's best -- and only 3-down -- LB in Burfict's absence, dating back to last year. Expect him to retain a starting spot even when Burfict gets back into the lineup.

Monday started the 2nd week of eligibility for Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict to come off the PUP and begin practicing with his team, but he didn't take the field. “We’ve spent too much time talking about someone not on the roster," HC Marvin Lewis said, per the team website. “When he’s ready to come off rehab, he’s ready.” Guess we'll see what that means as this week goes on. IDP owners shouldn't be rushing out to grab him right now, though. On the other hand, OLB Vincent Rey reportedly returned. He suffered a knee injury back in Week 6 before the Week 7 bye. We'll see how he progresses through the practice week. Monday's practice was not a full workout.

 
 
 

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