SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
1 month ago

In a media luncheon on Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed, "I am not going to play Vontaze Burfict in the preseason," Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the regular season but is still eligible to play in the preseason by league rules. However, Lewis would rather play it safe and keep his star linebacker on the sidelines, keeping him safe from injuries and any on-the-field issue that could extend his suspension. Lewis said, "There's no reason for us to risk him getting hurt. It's hard because he's so competitive we have to continue to hold him back. One day he gets it the next day he wants to fight me on it. That's it. There's no reason to expose him to injury because he's too valuable." With Burfict out of the rotation, more reps will be allocated to young Bengals' linebackers.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
2 months ago

Burfict (suspension) has been cleared for Thursday's practice and removed from the Active/Non-Football Injury list, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict will participate in training camp for the first time Thursday after suffering an undisclosed injury earlier in the offseason. The injury and penalty-prone linebacker is set to miss the first three games of the season due to a suspension, but he'll get reps during the preseason as long as he remains healthy.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
2 months ago

The Bengals placed Burfict on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Thursday, Local 12 broadcaster Richard Skinner reports.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict apparently hurt himself outside of OTA's, though the nature and severity of the injury haven't yet been disclosed. He's already suspended for the first three games, though he will be allowed to participate in training camp and spring training.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
7 months ago

Burfict's three-game suspension was upheld by appeals officer Derrick Brooks, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Burfict will miss the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated on-field incidents, culminating with his cheap shot on Antonio Brown in a playoff loss to the Steelers. He's an excellent player, but his value to the Bengals has been dampened by a combination of injuries and careless penalties. He has 14 unnecessary roughness flags and 401 tackles in 47 games through four seasons.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
8 months ago

The NFL has suspended Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, the NFL reports.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict has oscillated between brilliant and bone-headed during his four-year career, and Saturday's wild-card defeat to the Steelers was no exception. Although his strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger (a play in which the quarterback was knocked out until the game-winning drive due to a shoulder injury) and interception of backup Landry Jones spurred the Bengals' comeback bid, he also committed a crucial unnecessary roughness penalty on Antonio Brown with 22 second remaining, which compounded with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Adam Jones to set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal. On a more serious note, Burfict has been flagged for 14 unnecessary roughness calls since he entered the professional ranks in 2012, seemingly necessitating Monday's action from the NFL. Pending an appeal, he'll begin the suspension in Week 1 of next season.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
9 months ago

Burfict notched seven tackles (five solo), adding a sack and an interception in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict has always been considered one of the best players on the Bengals' defense, but he always has trouble staying healthy. He didn't practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury that he suffered last week, but he decided to give it a go on Sunday. Burfict came up big for the Bengals once again as he recorded his first sack and first interception of the season. If he can find ways to stay on the field, the fourth-year linebacker can provide solid production as an IDP.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
9 months ago

Burfict (knee) is active Sunday against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

After missing practice on Thursday, Burfict put in a full session on Friday and will be back in the lineup at weak-side linebacker. On the season, he's played in seven games and recorded 49 tackles.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
10 months ago

Burfict (ankle) is not listed on the Bengals' Week 13 injury report.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict, who looks good to go for Sunday's game against the Browns, is back on the IDP radar after having recorded 22 tackles over his last three contests.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
10 months ago

Burfict suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict managed seven tackles prior to his exit from Sunday's game, but his IDP owners will need to track his status in advance of next weekend's tilt against the Browns.

SUSVontaze Burfict
LB CIN (9)
10 months ago

Burfict (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Burfict was limited in practice all week, but that won't prevent him from suiting up for the fifth straight game. Although he's logged 38 snaps or less in back-to-back weeks, Burfict has been efficient, collecting 15 combined tackles (nine solo) over that two-game span.