Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 7 days ago

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is targeting a return from his knee injury for the team's third preseason game, but he will be held out of practice early in training camp, according to the team's official website. Burfict underwent microfracture surgery on his knee after suffering the injury in Week 5 last season, and he has been held out of offseason workouts as he works his way back. The 24-year-old was placed on the physically unable to perform list ahead of the beginning of training camp this week, but he is eligible to return at any time. There is some doubt about his availability for Week 1 of the regular season, but Burfict's participation levels in training camp will go a long way in determining when he will be ready to return. If his progress is not as swift as the team anticipates, he still has an outside shot at being placed on the regular season PUP list, which would keep him out for the first six games.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 1 week ago

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Tuesday as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict underwent microfracture surgery last October after injuring his knee in Week 5 last season and is currently without a timetable for his return. The 24-year-old is eligible to be activated at any time during camp but will need to prove that he is able to handle the rigors of football activities before he returns to practice. "He's doing well," head coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday. "When he proves he's ready to sustain football play day after day and the doctors feel good about it, then he'll be out there." Burfict has racked up 333 total tackles and four sacks in just 37 career games and will be a huge boost to the Bengals defense once he returns.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 3 months ago

Burfict's (knee) status for the start of the coming season remains up in the air, the Bengals' official site reports.

Per the report, it could be a "tight call" as to whether the linebacker will ready for Week 1, with the possibility remaining that he could start the season on the Bengals' PUP list. Burfict -- who is bouncing back from microfracture knee surgery -- was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season. In 2013, he racked up 171 tackles for the Bengals.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

Burfict is reportedly recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, ESPN.com reports.

The report relays that Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed the procedure on Burfict, is hopeful that the linebacker will be at full strength in advance of training camp. "I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," ElAttrache noted. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out." When healthy, Burfict -- who was limited to five games in 2014 - is a top-notch IDP, having recorded a league-leading 171 tackles during the 2013 season.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

The Bengals placed Burfict (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Burfict has been sidelined since Oct. 26, and he apparently was not showing much improvement in his health, as Tuesday's transaction means he will not play again this season. Burfict had a disappointing campaign, but he led the NFL with 171 tackles in 2013, so don't forget about him as an IDP option next season.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

Burfict (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.

Burfict, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 29, has yet to practice since then, with his Week 15 status thus cloudy at this stage, as a result.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

Burfict (knee) did not practice Thursday, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.

We'll revisit Burfict's status Friday, but at this stage, he doesn't seem likely to suit up for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

Burfict (knee) won't practice Wednesday, the Bengals' official site reports.

As a result, the linebacker remains iffy in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers, though a return to practice later this week would obviously brighten his potential Week 14 playing prospects.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

Burfict (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs, Geoff Hobson of bengals.com reports.

Burfict, who has been out since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 29, will thus miss his fifth straight game and will now presumably target a potential return to action Dec. 7 against the Steelers.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 8 months ago

Geoff Hobson of bengals.com doesn't expect Burfict (knee) to play Sunday against the Bucs.

The report suggests that a possible Week 14 return for Burfict, who did not practice Thursday, appears to be a more plausible scenario for the linebacker at this stage.