OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 4 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 5 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.

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 5 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 5 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

Burfict (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.

Competitive 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.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

Burfict (knee) is active for Sunday's game in Arizona.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Burfict had microfacture surgery in January and has been limited at practice while working his way back. He's yet to take on an every-down role, but he did play more than 30 snaps in each of his first three appearances, with 15 tackles (nine solo) to show for it thus far.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

Burfict (knee) will be limited in practice this week.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Burfict played in a limited role during practices last week, and will look to do the same this week. He is still working his way back to full strength after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee this past offseason. His seven tackle performance on Monday night was his best so far this season.

OUTVontaze Burfict LB CIN 6 months ago

Burfict (concussion) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Texans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Burfict has just eight tackles in two games to date, but once he is able to establish his health and key role in the Bengals' defense, he could well re-emerge on the IDP radar.